Thousands have water service restored in County Limerick as Do Not Drink notice lifted

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

The Do Not Drink notice for the Rathkeale public water supply has now been lifted

The Do Not Drink notice for the Rathkeale public water supply has now been lifted

THOUSANDS of people in homes, businesses and schools in the Rathkeale and Knockaderry area can now resume drinking their tap water or using it to wash their teeth or prepare food. 

Almost two weeks after it was first imposed, the Do Not Drink notice for the Rathkeale public water supply has now been lifted. 

The restoration of normal supply has come about however only as a result of a totally new water supply.

Beginning last weekend, a new borehole was drilled at Kilcolman East, opening up a new source of water to replace the old one and new infrastructure had also to be put in place.

Testing of the new source then followed with three days of clear results being required before the water was deemed safe to drink. 

“We are very pleased that this notice has now been lifted following intensive work by staff from Irish Water, Limerick City and County Council and our contractors, with support from the HSE,” Ian O’Mahony of Irish Water said this Thursday evening. 

“We would like to thank the people of Rathkeale, local businesses and elected representatives for their patience and support while this work was carried out, and acknowledge the inconvenience they experienced as a result of this issue. I would also like to pay tribute to all the staff who worked tirelessly over the past two weeks to resolve this issue,” Mr O’Mahon said. 

Works will continue at the Kilcolman Pumphouse site over the coming weeks to bring the new source into full production and complete all the other associated works on site. Initial testing indicates that this is a very good source of water which should provide the people of Rathkeale and surrounding areas with a safe, secure and reliable water supply now and into the future.

Additional information and advice is available at Water Supply Updates.