Rugby players ‘haul’ water to game

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

RUGBY players arrived at Bruff Rugby Club with more than just their gear at the weekend when they were forced to bring gallons of water for an AIL game after bacteria was detected in the local water supply.

RUGBY players arrived at Bruff Rugby Club with more than just their gear at the weekend when they were forced to bring gallons of water for an AIL game after bacteria was detected in the local water supply.

Over 200 households in the Killballyowen and Knockainey area remain on a precautionary boil water notice after the contamination was detected during routine testing.

“We had to get water in on Saturday when we had the AIL game between ourselves and Dublin University Football Club [Trinity]. For the pre-match lunch we had bought water for cooking,” explained Richard Leonard, president of Bruff RFC. “There were big bottles brought – the gallon containers. All the empties were lined up in the kitchen. In fairness we got notification on Friday about it. We were told well in advance so it wasn’t a major problem. It was just a matter of hauling it in,” he added.

A spokesperson for Limerick County Council said that the boil water notice was issued on the advice of the Health Service Executive and affects some 220 households.

“The group water scheme is a privately owned and run scheme - it is not a county council water supply. They have their own well and they own it and run it themselves. We had a supervisory role,” said the spokesperson.

“The group have some technical difficulties with their treatment equipment and the council is working closely with them to resolve the problem,” he added.

The spokesperson also moved to dispel rumours that there was E.coli detected in the supply.