Kilkenny County Council and Irish Water have issued a 'boil water' notice for the Galmoy area over fears the water may be contaminated.
On the advice of the HSE, and as a precautionary measure pending further investigation, the council issued the notice this afternoon. Over 100 homes in the area are thought to be affected.
In the interest of public health, it is recommended that all users (including users resident in Laois) on the Galmoy Replacement Water Supply Scheme and Galmoy Group Water Scheme boil water before use. It is unknown for how long the notice will continue, but more information is expected shortly.
Water must be boiled for drinking, drinks made with water, the preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating, the brushing of teeth, and making ice.
Water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for brushing teeth or gargling.
Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil and allow to cool. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap is not safe to drink.
Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink.
Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water.
Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water. Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked.
Prepare infant feeds with tap water that has been brought to the boil once and cooled. Do not use water that has been reboiled several times.
Anyone suffering from diarrhoea for more than two days should contact their General Practitioner.
For information, see www.water.ie or contact Irish Water Customer Contact Centre on 1850-278 278.