'Do Not Consume' warning lifted for Borris but Boil Water Notice now in place

Operational experts are working with Carlow County Council to resolve this situation

Up to 50 homes in Laois town hit with Boil Water Notice for the last two weeks

Boil Water Notice issued

Due to an improvement in the water quality the Do Not Consume Notice issued for Borris last night (Tuesday) has been lifted following consultation with the Health Service Executive.

However as a precaution a Boil Water Notice is being issued for the supply while testing of the water is being carried out to ensure that it is safe for consumption.

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

Irish Water and Carlow County Council are working to resolve this issue and restore a normal water supply as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, water must be boiled (rolling boil for 1 minute and then cooled) for the following:

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
IMPORTANT: Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil and allow to cool. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap of kitchen or bathroom sinks is not safe to drink.

You do not have to boil your water for the following:

Personal hygiene, baths and showers
Flushing of toilets
Watering plants and flowers

Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink
Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water
Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water
If you have pets and are concerned about the impact of providing mains water while this BWN is in place, you should ask your local vet for advice
Only use Prepared Water (boiled and cooled) for the following situations.

When preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing and preparing salads)
Preparing Infant Formula. 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.
Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience as a result of this issue and assure customers we are working to resolve it as quickly as possible.

Additional information and advice is available at Boil Water Notices or by calling Irish Water’s 24-hour customer care line at 1850 278 278. Updates are available at Water Supply Updates

The Do Not Consume notice was issued shortly after 9.30pm 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.

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