Irish Water and Tipperary County Council are working to identify solutions to enable the lifting of a Boil Water Notice affecting approximately 1,752 customers served by the Borrisokane Public Water Supply.
The Boil Water Notice was issued last week, in consultation with the HSE, following the detection of cryptosporidium during sampling of the water supply.
As a precautionary measure, in order to protect public health, people in the area are advised to continue to boil their water before use for drinking, cooking or brushing teeth until further notice (see boil water notice information below).
Duane O’Brien, Operations Lead with Irish Water, said “Since the initial detection of cryptosporidium in the supply last week we have been working with Tipperary County Council to identify the cause and possible solutions to this issue. Further sampling has been taking place and, in parallel with this, we are examining all available measures to resolve this issue.
“Our priority is to safeguard public health and any decision to lift the notice will be taken, in consultation with the HSE, once we are confident that it is safe to do so. Unfortunately it is not possible to provide a timeframe at this point but we would like to assure customers that we are working as a matter of priority to resolve this issue and will provide regular updates as they become available. We apologise for any inconvenience as a result of this necessary public health advice.”
Irish Water continues to work with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind customers to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing. Unboiled water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for brushing teeth or gargling.