Water contaminated

KILKENNY COUNTY COUNCIL has issued a boiled water notice to residents living in the Gowran, Goresbridge and Paulstown areas of the county after tests revealed an organic contaminant in the water supply.

KILKENNY COUNTY COUNCIL has issued a boiled water notice to residents living in the Gowran, Goresbridge and Paulstown areas of the county after tests revealed an organic contaminant in the water supply.

The Kilkenny Director of Services, Philip O’Neill said that the council are investigating the matter and hope to have it resolved as soon as possible. Mr O’Neill said “The council has issued a boil water notice as a precautionary measure. We are investigating the cause of the suspected contamination. We will issue regular updates through the media and the council website Kilkennycoco.ie. A team of council workers were deployed in effected areas to drop leaflets advising residents when water needed to be boiled.”

The water was contaminated at the source in springs above Paulstown. The council confirmed that an “organic polution incident” had occurred and that it was effecting the quality of water in the area. The alarm was raised after the levels of chlorine that are added to the water in order to kill foreign contaminants were being used up at a far greater rate than is normal. This triggered an alarm in the monitoring systems and resulted in the council issuing a boil notice.

The council is now recommending that residents in the Gowran, Goresbridge and Paulstown areas of the county boil their water before consuming it. The boil notice is in place for the following uses drinking, drinks made with water, cleaning teeth, preparing babies feeds, preparing food eg salads and the making of ice. The council are stressing that domestic water filters will not make your water safe for consumption.

The water is safe for bathing and washing, flushing the toilet, washing clothes and washing dishes.