Irish Water and Cavan County Council have issued a 'Do Not Drink' and 'Do Not Wash' drinking water restriction on the Swanlinbar public water supply.
It follows advice from the HSE following the discovery of elevated chlorine levels in the supply. The warning was formally issued to the public late yesterday evening, Tuesday, July 2.
“This drinking water restriction is effective immediately due to increased chlorine levels in the water supply. The issue was detected following sampling which showed elevated chlorine levels in the supply,” the statement from Irish Water and Cavan County Council said.
The HSE advises that water from thr supply is unsafe to either consume for drinking, use in connection with food preparation, and also in use for personal hygiene, including brushing teeth and bathing.
SWANLINBAR: @IWCare and @cavancoco have issued a Do Not Drink and Do Not Wash drinking water restriction on the Swanlinbar public water supply, on the advice of @HSELive. Read more: https://t.co/Eq9kJYemqD pic.twitter.com/1fPKsVeKC5— Cavan County Council (@cavancoco) July 2, 2019
“All prepared drinks, foods, ice cubes and baby foods which contain water from the network should be discarded. In the interest of public health, it is advised that all users, both domestic and commercial, on the affected scheme should not use tap water until further notice except for flushing of toilets and flushing of internal house plumbing systems.”
Irish Water expects that the issue will be resolved in the coming days, and in the meantime customers must not drink the water or wash in the water until further notice.
Customers are advised to draw down water from attic/ storage tanks; to flush toilets or run bathroom taps intermittently; and as tanks refill chlorine levels in storage tank will return to normal.
Tankered water will be available at the car part to the rear of O’Reillys filling station in the west Cavan village.
Leaflets meanwhile advising customers of the 'Do Not Drink' and 'Do Not Wash' will be distributed in the impacted area by County Council staff.
Households and businesses on the Swanlinbar public water scheme may experience disruption to water supply arising from essential upgrade works from today, Tuesday, 2nd July up to and including Friday 5th July. Read more: https://t.co/Eq9kJYemqD pic.twitter.com/MAXHDG0Fcs— Cavan County Council (@cavancoco) July 2, 2019
“Irish Water and Cavan County Council apologise for the inconvenience caused by this restriction and thanks customers for their patience while both organisations liaise with the HSE to remove the notice as quickly as possible.”
For more information and additional advice, please call Irish Water’s 24-hour customer care helpline on 1850 278 278 or log onto www.water.ie.