Irish Water to contact 140,000 'at risk' businesses and homes in 16 counties 1 year ago

Irish Water to contact 140,000 'at risk' businesses and homes in 16 counties

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In a statement posted on Water.ie on Tuesday, Irish Water wrote: "In the coming weeks, we will write to 140,000 homes and businesses on the public water network whose supplies are on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Remedial Action List (RAL). The RAL is the list of ‘at risk’ water supplies where the drinking water quality is not as good as it could be."

The statement specifies that two of the water supply schemes currently don't have water that is safe to drink.

"In 53 of the 55 water supply schemes the water is still safe to drink. In two schemes, Lough Talt in Sligo and Grangemore in Roscommon, the local communities are currently on a Boil Water Notice making the water unsafe to drink straight from the tap. We will outline what we are doing in these 55 areas to improve supply by either an upgrade or a change in how the relevant water treatment plant works.

The statement also detailed the possible issues that might be affecting your water supply.

"Homes and businesses in 16 counties across the country on 55 different water supply schemes will receive a detailed booklet outlining the issues with their water supply which might vary from elevated THMs, inadequate barriers for cryptosporidium, poor turbidity removal, the presence of low levels of pesticides, aluminium exceedance as well as details of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) audit of a plant.

"The individual booklet will explain in detail to householders where your drinking water comes from, why we are writing to you, how we know that your water is safe to drink, information about regulation and testing, what we are doing to fix your specific water supply and where you can get more information."

The statement further confirmed that that the Health Service Executive (HSE) would be consulted if there was any further health risk discovered.

"Any drinking water sample showing a result above a specified water quality standard is notified immediately to our environmental regulator, the EPA, in line with statutory requirements.

"The EPA is the supervisory authority for public water supplies and regulates Irish Water in terms of our ability to produce and supply compliant water to our customers. If there is a concern about a possible health risk from the drinking water we produce, the HSE is consulted."

You can read the statement in full here.