A boil water notice issued on approximately 13,000 Sligo and Mayo water consumers in January, 2019 has been lifted with immediate effect today.
The lifting of the notice by Irish Water in conjunction with Sligo Co Council, will also benefit consumers supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme, and Cloontia, Doocastle and Quarryfield customers in Co Mayo.
Following consultation with the HSE, Irish Water and Sligo County Council are advising customers that the drinking water can now be consumed as normal.
Today’s announcement is welcome news for the residents supplied from the Lough Talt supply and a significant achievement for Irish Water and Sligo County Council. A boil water notice had been put in place for almost two years in order to protect public health due to ongoing detections of cryptosporidium in the public water supply.
The Lough Talt water treatment plant built in 1972 did not provide adequate treatment for protection against cryptosporidium and the formation of trihalomethanes (THMs), and needed to be upgraded.
Confirming completion of the €10m upgrade, which involved a complex planning process, Anthony Skeffington, Irish Water’s Regional Operations Manager thanked the customers who were affected by this notice for their patience and cooperation.
A number of consumers in the Bellaghy area are still served by the Charlestown Public Water Supply. Irish Water and Sligo County Council will be carrying out preparatory works on the network in Bellaghy and surrounds over the coming week or so, in order to transfer them back to the Lough Talt scheme as quickly as possible.
The consumers may experience some disruption to their current supply while these necessary works are taking place
Irish Water is currently compiling all the necessary data on the performance of the new water treatment plant for submission to the EPA with a view to facilitating its removal from the Remedial Action List (RAL. This is expected in the near future.
Meanwhile, a feasibility study to identify an alternative water source that will replace the Lough Talt supply in the long term has begun.
Should customers have any queries regarding the lifting of this notice they can check out the Water Supply Updates section on our website www.water.ie or contact Irish Water directly on Twitter @IWCare or the customer care helpline which is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278.