BREAKING: Boil water notice issued for customers on water supply in Offaly

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Up to 50 homes in Laois town hit with Boil Water Notice for the last two weeks

BREAKING: Boil water notice issued for custemers on water supply in Offaly

Following consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE), Irish Water and Offaly County Council confirm that a Boil Water Notice has been put in place with immediate effect for all customers on a water supply in Offaly.

The boil water notice is for people served by the Clonbullogue Public Water Scheme.

The Boil Water Notice has been put in place as a precaution to protect approximately 840 customers while upgrade works to the disinfection system are underway at the water treatment plant. Customers in Clonbullogue and surrounding areas are advised to boil water before use until further notice.

More below map of affected area

Irish Water is contacting customers registered on our vulnerable customers register affected by this Boil Water Notice. 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 at www.water.ie/water-supply/ water-quality/boil-water- notice.

Boil Water Notice advice

Water must be boiled for:

Drinking
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.