Boil notice issued for 600,000 people in parts of Dublin, Kildare and Meath
The Environmental Protection Agency has been informed of the situation.
A boil water notice has been issued by Irish Water for parts of Dublin, Meath and Kildare, which is set to affect up to 600,000 people.
The boil water notice has been issued as a precautionary measure following issues with the treatment process at the Leixlip Water Treatment Plant, which may have compromised the disinfection process which makes the water safe to drink.
The below areas are said to be affected by the boil water notice:
- parts of Fingal
- areas in Dublin City Council
- parts of South Dublin County Council
- parts of Kildare
- Dunboyne, Meath
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The issues have now been resolved but water is travelling through the system, which is why the boil water notice is in place.
In a statement to RTÉ, Irish Water said: "We would like to reassure our customers that that Irish Water's drinking water and operational experts are working with our colleagues in Fingal County Council to resolve this issue as quickly as possible."
The boil water notice advice is that water must be boiled for the following:
- drinks made with water
- preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating
- brushing of teeth
- making ice
At the time of writing, the Irish Water website is unavailable due to "essential maintenance".