Irish Water and Tipperary County Council would like to remind customers supplied by Borrisokane Public Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice issued on 1 April remains in place until further notice.
Following consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE), Irish Water and Tipperary County Council issued a Boil Water Notice as a precaution to protect approximately 1,752 customers following the detection of cryptosporidium during sampling of the supply. Please view the attached map for areas impacted.
Irish Water’s priority is the provision of safe, clean drinking water and safeguarding this water supply for homes and businesses now and in the future. Vulnerable customers registered on this supply have been notified.
Duane O'Brien, Operations Lead with Irish Water, said “We are continuing to work with our partners in Tipperary County Council to investigate and assess the cause of this cryptosporidium exceedance. Further updates will be provided to local customers as they become available.
"We understand the inconvenience caused as a result of this Boil Water Notice and would like to assure customers that we are working as a matter of priority to lift the notice as quickly as possible, once it is safe to do so. In the meantime, it is important that people continue to adhere to the boil water notice."
Irish Water continues to work with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind customers to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.
For queries regarding this Boil Water Notice, customers should contact Irish Water directly on our customer care helpline, open 24/7, on 1850 278 278. Updates will be available on the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website and via Twitter @IWCare.
Further information on using water during a Boil Water Notice can be found on the Irish Water website at www.water.ie/water-supply/water-quality/boil-water-notice.
Boil Water Notice advice
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.
What actions should be taken:
• Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing salads)
• Water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for brushing teeth or gargling
• Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil (e.g. with an automatic kettle) and allow to cool. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap is not safe to drink. Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink
• Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water
• Prepare infant feeds with water that has been brought to the boil once and cooled. Do not use water that has been re-boiled several times. If bottled water is used for the preparation of infant feeds it should be boiled once and cooled. If you are using bottled water for preparing baby food, be aware that some natural mineral water may have high sodium content. The legal limit for sodium in drinking water is 200mg per litre. Check the label on the bottled water to make sure the sodium or `Na' is not greater than 200mg per litre. If it is, then it is advisable to use a different type of bottled water. If no other water is available, then use this water for as short a time as possible. It is important to keep babies hydrated.
Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.
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Cryptosporidium is a tiny parasite found in human and animal waste. If ingested, it can cause a disease called Cryptosporidiosis which has symptoms such as fever, stomach upset, weight loss and diarrhoea. These micro-organisms can survive in the environment for several months. Not all species or types of Cryptosporidium are harmful to humans; the main species that can cause illness are Cryptosporidium parvum and Cryptosporidium hominis. In the Drinking Water Regulations it is defined as a Microbiological parameter.
Irish Water reports all detections of Cryptosporidium in drinking water to the HSE and the EPA. All information regarding a Cryptosporidium exceedance is provided to the HSE, who are the experts in public health and a decision is made following a consultation if a Boil Water Notice is required. All Cryptosporidium exceedances are fully investigated to determine the cause, with suitable corrective actions (e.g. UV treatment) being identified and implemented.
Irish Water has created this useful video about using water during a boil water notice https://youtu.be/7rvA63Cwaic