Due to the recent weather conditions in South Tipperary, there have been significant power outages around the county. This has impacted on a number of water supply networks.
Some parts of the county may experience water outages, particularly areas which rely on electric pumps to supply water to treatment plants.
In other areas, water supply will remain, but the power outages are affecting the treatment plants. Following discussions with the HSE, Irish Water and South Tipperary County Council have decided to issue a precautionary Boil Water Notice for the following supply:
Glengarra (Burncourt) Water Supply Scheme serving Ballyporeen, Clogheen North, Burncourt village, Ballylooby, Cahir West, Skeheenarinky
In the interest of public health, it is recommended that all users on this scheme boil the water before use.
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
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 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.
Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.
Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing salads).
Prepare infant feeds with tap water that has been brought to the boil once and cooled. Do not use water that has been reboiled 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.
Anyone suffering from diarrhoea (i.e. 3 or more loose bowel motions in a 24 hour period) for more than two days should contact their general practitioner and provide a stool sample for testing. They should continue to drink plenty of boiled or bottled water.
Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.
How long before the boil water notice can be lifted?
We do not know at present, but Irish Water and South Tipperary County Council will continue to liaise with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting the Boil Water Notice as soon as practicable.