DUE to a failure in the borehole at Kereen’s Public Water Supply (PWS), located between Aglish and Ballinameela, Irish Water has issued a Do Not Consume notice “with immediate effect to protect the health of consumers”.
The notice stresses: “This is not a Boil Water Notice, i.e. boiling and cooling your water will not make it safe to drink. All consumers affected by this notice must not drink their water.”
Water in Kereen at present cannot be used for the following purposes:
* Preparing Drinks made with water
* Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating
* Brushing of teeth and/or gargling
* Making of ice: However, ensure you first discard all existing ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges.
As for how long will the notice apply, Irish Water stated: “We do not know at present, but Irish Water will continue to liaise and consult with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting the Do Not Consume Notice as soon as practicable.” Water can be used for “personal hygiene, baths and showers and the flushing of toilets”.
Irish Water stated: “An alternative supply of water is available at Kereen Water Treatment Plant. This water can be used for drinking and preparation of foods but must be boiled (rolling boil for one minute and then cooled) before use.” Irish Water has put the estimated residential population of the impacted area at 28.
Residents will be kept informed via https://www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/?ref=WAT00032299 or the Irish Water Customer Contact Centre at 1890 278 278. Any vulnerable customers who have registered their details with Irish Water will be directly contacted.