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Wednesday 20 March 2019

Boiling of water must continue

Some 13,000 householders supplied by the Lough Talt water supply scheme have been told by Irish Water they must continue to boil their water before drinking.

Irish Water has emphasised once more that present Lough Talt treatment process does not provide adequate protection against cryptosporidium and the risk of further detections remains high without a validated barrier against cryptosporidium.

This can result in severe illness if the public do not boil their water before consumption.

The Boil Water Notice was removed from the Lough Talt area in November 2018 but was put back in place on Friday January 11th following a detection of cryptosporidium during routine sampling at the water treatment plant.

Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a large rural hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Bellaghy, Curry, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Carrowneden, Kilmacteige and Coolaney are affected.

The remaining customers in Bunnacrannagh and the other areas supplied from Lough Talt should continue to boil their water before use.

Meanwhile, a local action group is calling on peole to sign a petition which will be presented to the Envrionment Minister.

"We are appealing to everyone to get involved and sign our petition, either online through our Facebook page or sign the copies that will be circulating," said a spokesperson for Lough Talt Water Warriors) who added it could be two years before a new treatment plant is in place. They want to see the Minister approve a mobile UV Filtration Unit installed as a short term solution.

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