Sunday 15 September 2019

No relief for residents as boil water notice remains


Margaret Roddy

There's no relief in sight for people who get their tap water from the Tallanstown Public Water Scheme as Irish Water announced last week that it was 'not possible to estimate a timeframe for the lifting of the Boil Water Notice.'

Around 2,000 people living in Tallanstown, Louth Village, Mullacrew Knockbridge, Carnalogue, Mills of Louth, Knockdillon and surrounding areas have been unable to drink their tap water since the boil water notice went in force on July

In a statement issued on Friday, Irish Water said that they, in partnership with Louth County Council, are 'continuing to work closely with the HSE and the EPA to lift the boil water notice as soon as possible.'

They explained that boil water notice put in place as a precautionary measure following issues with the treatment process which impacted on the disinfection process at the Water Treatment Plant. This led to inadequate chlorination of the public water supply.

Since then tank cleaning a reservoir cleaning works have been carried out at the plant, withworks are continuing.

'At this time, it is not possible to estimate a timeframe for the lifting of the Boil Water Notice,' according to the statement, which said the company 'acknowledges the impact and inconvenience caused by this Boil Water Notice to homes and businesses in the Tallanstown area. We wish to thank the community for their ongoing patience and cooperation while we work to resolve this issue. Irish Water's priority is the provision of safe, clean drinking water and safeguarding that water supply for the future is a vital focus.'

Local TD Declan Breathnach, who had criticised Irish Water for failing to keep local residents up to date with what was happened, hit out at the company for failing to send out water tankers to bring fresh water to those living in the areas affected by the boil water notice.

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