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Boil notice issued for water in Co Limerick

Council says water from the Abbeyfeale Water Scheme must be boiled before consuming, as it may be contaminated.

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LIMERICK COUNTY COUNCIL and the HSE have issued a boil notice for customers using the Abbeyfeale Water Scheme in Co Limerick, over concerns the water may be contaminated.

The water must be boiled before use – water from the hot tap is not safe to drink and domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink.

All areas supplied by the Abbeyfeale Water Scheme are affected and include: Abbeyfeale Town, Caher, Templeglantine, Rathcahill, Tournafolla, Mountmahon, Knocknasna, Cratloe, Coolwest, Parkanna, Templeathea, Athea Village and Direen.

The notice does not apply to other water schemes in Co Limerick.

Water must be boiled for:

  • Drinking
  • Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating
  • Brushing teeth
  • Making ice (discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers, and filtered water in fridges)

Unboiled water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for brushing teeth or gargling.

The council also advises:

Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water. 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.  Look at the label for sodium or `Na’ and check its level is not higher than 200mg per litre.  If the content is higher, 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 for more than two days should contact their GP and provide a stool sample for testing.  They should continue to drink plenty of boiled or bottled water.

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