By Dan Walsh
The Boil Water Notice affecting 25,000 in Wexford Town will continue over the October Bank Holiday weekend and is unlikely to be lifted until a scheduled inspection takes place on Tuesday morning.
Heavy rain last Wednesday caused problems to arise at the Newtown Road treatment plant where an alarm system worked efficiently causing correct action of a filter shut down for a few hours.
Following consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE), Irish Water and Wexford County Council a Boil Water Notice was issued with immediate effect to protect the health of consumers supplied by the Wexford town public water supply.
Initially about 21,000 consumers were affected on the Coolree raw water source including Wexford Town, Forth Mountain, Taghmon and Holmestown.
A short time later 4,000 residents in the Ferrybank and Ardcavan scheme on the River Sow source on the eastern side of Wexford Harbour were added to the Boil Water Notice.
A spokesperson for Irish Water told WexfordLocal.com that the situation will be reviewed over the weekend and a meeting between Wexford County Council and the HSE will be held on Tuesday.
Vulnerable customers are reminded that the water is safe to consume once boiled.
Water must be boiled for:
- Drinks made with water;
- Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating;
- Brushing of teeth;
- Making of ice – discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.
If any customer is unsure on whether or not the Boil Water Notice applies to their area, please visit www.water.ie or alternatively, customers can contact the Irish Water customer care helpline on 1800 278 278.