Irish Water has given no indication of when the boil water notice will be lifted in Ballymahon and surrounding areas.
The notice was put in place on Wednesday, April 17, and more than 8,000 south Longford residents have been forced to boil water for drinking, brushing teeth and food preparation.
Businesses have been struggling to keep ice and water readily available and parents have been struggling to keep children hydrated in the recent spell of hot weather.
In a statement to the Longford Leader on Tuesday, Irish Water said that the boil water notice (BWN) remains in place and testing of the water is ongoing.
"The notice was put in place due to the failure of an alarm to alert us to the fact that there was an increased level of turbidity in the water," the statement read.
"Turbidity is basically an increased level of cloudiness and could indicate issues with water quality and as such the BWN was put on as a precautionary measure. The issue with the alarm has now been fixed and as outlined, testing is ongoing and Irish Water continues to work closely with the HSE and Longford CoCo to lift the BWN at the earliest possible opportunity. We hope to be able to provide a further update on the BWN in the coming days."
The areas affected include Edgeworthstown, Abbeyshrule, Carrickboy, Ardagh, Moydow, Carrickedmond, Legan, Ballymahon, Forgney, Kenagh, Barry, Taghshinny, Colehill and surrounding areas in Co Longford.
Water must be boiled (rolling boil for 1 minute and then cooled) for:
- 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. 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.
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.
Always Take Care:
Care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds. Accidents can easily happen, especially with children.
Remember to boil water as advised until further notice.