Breaking | Boil water notice issued for Ballymahon to protect the health of over 8,000 people
Following advice from the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Longford County Council have issued a Boil Water Notice for the area supplied by the Ballymahon public water supply to protect the health of approximately 8,247 people.
The Boil Water Notice has been put in place as a precautionary measure following a failure in the treatment process at the Abbyshrule water treatment plant.
A spokesperson for Irish Water said, "Irish Water drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Longford County Council to resolve this situation as soon as possible."
In the meantime, all customers of this supply are advised to boil water before use until further notice.
Water must be boiled for:
* Drinks made with water
* Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating
* Brushing of teeth
* Making of ice - discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.
What actions should be taken:
* Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing salads)
* Water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for brushing teeth or gargling
* Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil (e.g. with an automatic kettle) and allow to cool. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap is not safe to drink. 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
* Where a Boil Water Notice is in place, you can prepare infant formula from tap water that has been boiled once (rolling boil for 1 minute) and cooled beforehand. 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.
* Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.