Water from the Ballyragget Water Supply Scheme should not be consumed by babies under six months
Water from the Ballyragget Water Supply Scheme should not be consumed by babies under six months of age, according to a drinking water restriction notice issued today by Irish Water, on advice from the HSE.
Irish Water says this is due to elevated levels of nitrates in the water supply. Members of the public should note that this is not a 'Boil Water' notice. Boiling the water will not reduce nitrate levels, and is therefore not a suitable measure to make the water safe to consume for babies under six months of age.
The following public health advice must be followed while this notice remains in place: Babies under 6 months of age should not drink water from the supply until further notice. Infant formula, for babies under six months of age, should not be made-up (reconstituted) using this water.
An alternative safe water supply or bottled water should be used to prepare infant feeds. Bottled water can be used to make up infant formula. All bottled water, with the exception of natural mineral water, is regulated to the same standard as drinking water.
It is best not to use bottled water labelled as ‘Natural Mineral Water’ as it can have high levels of sodium (salt) and other minerals, although it rarely does. ‘Natural Mineral Water’ can be used if no other water is available, for as short a time as possible, as it is important to keep babies hydrated. If bottled water is used to make up infant formula it should be boiled once (rolling boil for 1 minute), and cooled in the normal way. Ready-to-use formula that does not need added water can also be used.
Irish Water and Kilkenny County Council will continue to liaise with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting this drinking water restriction as soon as possible and apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.
In the meantime, Irish Water will provide bottled water to customers with children under six months of age in the affected area. Please contact 1850 278 278 to arrange delivery.
For more information and additional advice, visit Irish Water's Service and Supply section, or call the customer care team on Callsave 1850 278 278, open 24/7.