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23rd Oct 2019

Boil water warning remains in place for 600,000 people in Leinster

Brian Dillon

Yesterday saw many areas in Leinster being given a boil water warning, meaning that residents in these areas are being advised to boil their tap water before drinking it.

The notice applies to those supplied by the Leixlip Water Treatment Plant.

Irish Water has now said the initial issue, which compromised the disinfectant process at the treatment plant, has been resolved. But, residual untreated water likely still remains in approximately 20% of water supplies in various areas in Dublin, Kildare and Meath.

The full list of affected areas includes: Artane, Ashtown, Balbriggan, Baldoyle, Ballyboghill, Celbridge, Clonee, Clonsilla, Coolock, Coolquoy, Corduff, Darndale, Donabate, Dunboyne, Finglas, Garristown, Glasnevin, Howth, Kilbarrack, Kilclone, Killester, Kinsaley, Leixlip, Lusk, Malahide, Maynooth, Naul, Palmerstown, Poppintree, Ronanstown, Rush, Skerries, St Margaret’s, Straffan, Sutton and Swords.

Irish Water has warned that such residual water may remain in systems for several days.

This was the largest ever boil water notice issued by Irish Water. The health risks of drinking infected water cryptosporidium poisoning, which can have serious implications for those with existing health issues.

Irish Water and the HSE are set to meet this morning at 11am to review the issue.

According to a spokesperson, the boil water notice will likely stay in place for a number of days. Once the HSE is satisfied that the water supply is safe, the warning will be lifted.

Yesterday evening, Irish Water said in a statement, “We would like to reassure our customers that that Irish Water’s drinking water and operational experts are working with our colleagues in Fingal County Council to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.”

They are also advising to be extra cautious when bathing children so that they don’t swallow any water, as well as giving water to pets.

Meanwhile, Dublin Airport released a statement last night explaining that it is not affected by the untreated water supply.

To find out more information about the boil water notice and the areas affected, visit the Irish Water website.