Important advice for the 8,247 people in Longford on a boil water notice
Approximately 8,247 people in Edgeworthstown, Abbeyshrule, Carrickboy, Ardagh, Moydow, Carrickedmond, Legan, Ballymahon, Forgney, Kenagh, Barry, Taghshinny, Colehill and surrounding areas in Co Longford are this evening on a boil water notice.
Irish Water and Longford County Council issued the boil water notice following advice from the Health Service Executive. It is a precautionary measure following a failure in the treatment process at the Abbyshrule Water Treatment Plant.
In the meantime, all customers of this supply are advised to boil water before use until further notice.
Here is some useful advice ;
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.