Work continues on lifting 'Do Not Drink' notice in Limerick

Jess Casey

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Work continues on lifting 'Do Not Drink' notice in Limerick

WORK continues on restoring a normal water supply to areas in County Limerick where thousands of people remain without drinking water and are relying on tankards. 

Thousands of people in the Rathkeale and Knockaderry areas remain without drinking water this Friday as a ‘Do Not Drink’ notice remains in place. 

Irish Water and Limerick City and County Council staff are currently working to restore a normal water supply to customers on the public water supply. 

According to Irish Water, drilling and other site works have been taking place to develop a new water source for the area. 

Progress has also been made in opening a new borehole, with initial results suggesting that this has the potential to provide an improved supply for the area.

However, it is likely that it would be late next week or early the following week before this new supply could be brought into production, subject to testing and consultation with the HSE, the utility added. 

“Irish Water would like to assure customers in the area that we are liaising closely with the HSE and all other relevant agencies in relation to this and are progressing this work as quickly as possible,” said Ian O’Mahony, of Irish Water.

“We will continue to keep the public informed of the situation in the area and if customers have any additional queries, they can contact the 24/7 customer care line at 1850 278 278.”

“While water quality has improved in the existing source, the turbidity (cloudiness) remains too high. We are continuing to monitor this and if the quality of the water improves it may be possible to lift the Do Not Drink notice earlier.” 

Alternative water supplies will continue to be made available in the area until the notice is lifted. 

There are currently water tankers in place in The Square, Rathkeale and at the church car-park in Knockaderry.

Members of the public can fill their own containers from these tankers if they are unattended. While this water is safe to drink, people are advised to boil the water before use as the containers may not be fully sterile.

Supplies of water are also being delivered to vulnerable customers and schools in the area. Elderly or vulnerable customers who need supplies of water in the area and who have not registered with Irish Water can contact 1850 278 278 to do so.