Plan being implemented to address issue with Ballyragget water supply, but it will take weeks

Restrictions remains in place until further notice

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This plan includes the installation of a specific nitrates treatment process at the reservoir site in Ballyragget

Irish Water has said it is putting a plan in place to resolve issues with the Ballyragget drinking water supply, however, it will be a number of weeks before the current restriction is lifted.

Following an increase in the level of nitrates detected in the supply earlier this month, the HSE advised that babies under six months of age should not drink water from the supply. This restriction remains in place until further notice.

Since the restriction came into effect, Irish Water has been working with Kilkenny County Council to put a plan in place which would address the issue and allow the restriction to be lifted. This plan includes the installation of a specific nitrates treatment process at the reservoir site in Ballyragget.

It is expected that the necessary works will take four weeks to complete, after which there will be a period of approximately three weeks of testing and monitoring to ensure the water is safe to drink.

All monitoring will be undertaken in consultation with the HSE, which can then advise on any further action in relation to the drinking water restriction.

“Working together with Kilkenny County Council and our contractors, we now have a plan in place to address this issue, with a timeline of four weeks to implement," said Neil Smyth, Water Operations Lead with Irish Water.

"After that, we will continue to provide test results to the HSE and take their advice in relation to the lifting of this drinking water restriction. In the meantime, we will continue to provide bottled water to any families who need it. They can contact us at 1850 278 278 to make arrangements for delivery.

“Irish Water and Kilkenny County Council apologise for the inconvenience caused as a result of this issue and we remain committed to resolving it as quickly as possible.”

Further information and additional advice for customers is available on the service and supply section of the Irish Water website or by calling 1850-278278.