A programme of sampling and testing of the supply is under way and the results of this testing will be reviewed before further action is advised by the HSE
A drinking water restriction put in place for the Ballyragget Water Supply Scheme last Thursday will remain in place until further notice, Irish Water has said.
Due to an elevated level of nitrates in the supply, the HSE has advised that babies under six months of age should not drink water from this supply. 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.
Irish Water says it is working with Kilkenny County Council and specialist contractors to resolve this issue ‘as quickly as possible’ in order to enable the restriction to be lifted. A programme of sampling and testing of the supply is under way and the results of this testing will be reviewed by all stakeholders involved before further action is advised by the HSE.
Due to the nature of the issue, Irish Water says it is likely the restriction will remain in place for at least two to three weeks.
The company is investigating options to solve the issue, including the feasibility of introducing a new borehole source for the area’s water supply. Any new source is subject to extensive testing to ensure that it can provide an adequate, sustainable and safe supply of water.
“Since this restriction has come into force, we have provided supplies of bottled water to a number of families with children under six months in the area,” said a statement from Irish Water.
“We will continue to provide water to any affected families who can contact 1850 278 278 to arrange delivery. Irish Water and Kilkenny County Council apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of this incident and remain committed to finding a solution as quickly as possible.”
Further information and additional advice for customers is available on the Irish Water website or by calling 1850-278278.