Irish Water wishes to remind customers supplied by the Lough Tait water supply that the Boil Water Notice remains in place. The present Lough Tait treatment process does not provide adequate protection against cryptosporidium and the risk of further detections remains high without a validated barrier against cryptosporidium. This can result in severe illness if the public do not boil their water before consumption.
Lough Tait drinking water supply Boil Water Notice remains in place
The Lough Tait water supply Scheme normally serves a population of 13,046. Currently 12,576 people are affected including the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a large rural hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Bellaghy, Curry, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Carrowneden, Kilmacteige and Coolaney. The Boil Water Notice also includes consumers supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme and the following areas in Co. Mayo: Cloontia, Doocastle and Quarryfield.
The boil water notice is no longer in effect in the Bellaghy area following a connection which allowed this area to be supplied from the Charlestown public water supply. This connection removed 488 customers from the boil water notice in Bellaghy, Sandyhill, Cloonaughill, Cully, the southern 80% part of Bunnacrannagh, Brackloonagh, Brogher, Lissard, and Curryfuel. All customers in the Bunnacrannagh area who were removed from the boil water notice have been contacted by Irish Water directly to confirm this. The remaining customers in Bunnacrannagh and the other areas supplied from Lough Tait should continue to boil their water before use.
The Lough Tait Water Treatment Plant is currently on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL) for both cryptosporidium and THM risk.
Boil Water Notice Advice
Customers are reminded to continue to boil water before consumption including the washing of teeth, making of ice and in the preparation of food that is not cooked. It is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice.
Irish Water and Sligo County Council regret the inconvenience this boil water notice has had on businesses and residents and would like to thank all customers for their continued co-operation during the period of the notice. Business customers will receive a 40% rebate on the cost of the supply of water to their businesses for the duration of the boil water notice and this will be back dated to February 5, 2018.
Further information and additional advice for customers on the boil water notice is available by calling Irish Water's 24-hour customer care helpline on 1850 278 278, billing enquiries to 1850 778 778.