LIMERICK’s local authority has lifted boil water notices previously placed on some areas across the county.
A statement released late this evening confirmed that Limerick County Council, acting on the advice of the HSE and following consultation with Irish Water, has lifted precautionary ‘Boil Water Notices’ at a number of locations throughout County Limerick.
A spokesperson has stressed that, contrary to some reports, Limerick City and suburbs remain unaffected.
“No boil water notice has or is due to be issued for Limerick City or its suburbs,” said the spokesperson.
Due to extensive power outages affecting water pumping stations and treatment plants, the local authority says the decision to issue a countywide notice earlier today was made over concerns water supplies throughout the County could not be treated to the standards required by the Drinking Water Regulations.
However, boil water notices have since been lifted at the following locations:
Abbeyfeale (including Athea, Mountcollins, and Touranafulla),
South West Regional (including Broadford, Dromcollogher, Kilmeedy and Feoghanagh/Castlemahon, Glin, Ballyhahill, Shanagolden, Askeaton, Loghill),
Newcastle West (including Ardagh).
A Council spokesperson said: “The boil water notice affecting a number of locations has been lifted after power was restored and subsequent testing of water supplies demonstrated that the water was suitable for consumption. Public water supplies at a number of other locations throughout the county will be tested tomorrow morning with a view to lifting boil water notices there.”
“The supply to the Limerick City and Environs area remains unaffected by the Boil Water Notice and continues to be safe for drinking,” the spokesperson added.
Meanwhile, despite the continuous heavy rainfall in recent weeks, parts of Limerick are facing drought like conditions.
A Limerick County Council spokesperson confirmed this afternoon that the authority is considering putting tankers of water into some villages if ESB power has not been restored in affected areas.
“Power is gradually being restored to some areas. Newcastle West just regained power, Abbeyfeale has power all morning, so has Kilmallock, some of our larger area plants are now working,” said the spokesperson.
“Reservoirs would have 24 hours or less storage since the storm yesterday. When power went out we would have just have been working off reservoirs. We wouldn’t have been able to pump water into reservoirs because of the lack of power.
“In some plants we have been able to get in generators to get water into reservoirs but we weren’t able to organise that in all of our plants,” added the spokesperson.
“Every water supply requires power. If not for pumping water you also need it for treating the water. As a precaution there are boil notices on certain schemes.”
Rathkeale, Adare, Bruff, Doon, Murroe are some of the affected areas with very low supplies of water, if any at all.
“We are hopeful that the power will return during the day so things will improve. First thing is to get generators in and if we can’t get sorted out in time, or if the power doesn’t come back look at getting tankers just to give a basic supply,” said the spokesperson.
“For example take a scheme in Bruff. We have a reservoir - you see it on the way into town. Our water supply comes from a bore hole so you are pumping water out of the bore hole, treating it and putting it into the reservoir treated.
“Once the power cut happens you have some water in the reservoir to keep the village going but you can’t pump any more in so your reservoir gets lower and lower,” added the spokesperson.