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Three weeks later, thousands in Clare can drink their water again

And after a week, a second drinking ban has also been lifted.

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THE DRINKING WATER ban put in place more than three weeks ago for residents in some areas of Clare has finally been lifted.

According to a statement this afternoon by Clare Co Council, water from the Kildysart Water Supply “meets drinking water standards” and “all water restrictions have been lifted as a result.”

The ban was put in place on 29 July and affected some 3,300 residents in Kildysart, Coolmeen, Corofin and Ruan.

The council, along with Irish Water, took the precautionary step after increased Manganese levels had caused discolouration in the water.

Water tankers were made available to the public at several locations in the affected communities, although residents were also warned to boil that water before consuming it.

Today’s announcement also confirmed the lifting of a separate drinking ban affected other parts of Clare.

Last Friday, the council and Irish Water informed some 1,800 residents of Corofin town, Ruan village and the area served by the Killeen Group Water Scheme that their water was not fit for consumption or personal hygiene purposes.

This afternoon’s announcement stated that while algal bloom in Inchiquin Lake was still affecting quality in the Corofin and Ruan Public Water Supply, an alternative supply has been set up, and residents can once again use their domestic water supply.

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