06 Oct 2022

'Do Not Consume Water Notice' issued for over 600 residents in Borris

Notice issued following reservoir draining where material from the floor of the reservoir has entered the network

Following consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE) Irish Water, working in partnership with Carlow County Council, has issued a Do Not Consume Notice for all consumers on the Borris Public Water Supply.

The notice has been issued following reservoir draining where material from the floor of the reservoir has entered the network. In addition to this chlorine levels are not being maintained in the network.

The notice applies to 629 customers supplied by the Borris Public Water Supply.

It is especially important that mains drinking water is not given to bottle fed infants.

Please note this is NOT a Boil Water Notice. Boiling the water will not make the water safe to consume. This notice does not apply to other areas and water schemes in Co Carlow.

Alternative water supplies will be available to the public at a number of locations tomorrow (Tuesday) morning and the locations will announced in the morning.

Customers are asked to use their own containers when taking water from the tankers and to boil water from the tankers before consumption as a precautionary measure.

Irish Water drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Carlow County Council to resolve this situation as soon as possible.

Water should not be used for
· Drinking
· Drinks made with water
· Food preparation, washing or cooking of food,
· Brushing of teeth
· Making of ice
· Children under 12 months old should not drink this water
· In particular, children under 12 months old should not drink this water. This water should not be used for making up infant formula for bottled fed infants. An alternative source of water should be used. Bottled water can also be used to make up infant formula. All bottled water, with the exception of natural mineral water, is regulated to the same standard as drinking water. It is best not to use bottled water labelled as ‘Natural Mineral Water’ as it can have high levels of sodium (salt) and other minerals, although it rarely does. ‘Natural Mineral Water’ can be used if no other water is available, for as short a time as possible, as it is important to keep babies hydrated.
- If bottled water is used to make up infant formula it should be boiled once (rolling boil for 1 minute), and cooled in the normal way
· Ready-to-use formula that does not need added water can also be used.
· Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink
· Caution should be taken when bathing infants to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water
· Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges

What can you use water for?

· The water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing, flushing toilets, laundry and washing of utensils
· Irish Water and Carlow County Council will continue to liaise with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting this drinking water restriction as soon as practicable.

Updates will be available on our Water Supply Updates section, on Twitter @IWCare and via our customer care helpline, open 24/7 on 1850 278 278.

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