Irish Water has today issued a Boil Water Notice for people served by the Inishbofin Public Water Supply with immediate effect.
The BWN has been issued due to a deterioration of the quality of treated water in the public supply, though further details were immediately available.
The notice covers approximately 156 people on the island of Inishbofin off the Galway coast.
Rónan Daly, Irish Water’s Asset Operations Lead, has acknowledged the impact this notice will have on the community and apologised for the inconvenience to customers.
“We will continue to work closely with Galway County Council and the HSE to monitor the supply and lift the notice as quickly as it is safe to do so and safeguard the supply for the future.”
“Public health is Irish Water’s number one priority and this Boil Water Notice has been put in place as a precaution to protect customers.”
“Where risks to water quality are identified through Irish Water’s enhanced testing and monitoring programme, Boil Water Notices are issued in order to safeguard public health.”
“In all instances immediate action is taken to address the cause of the issue in order to lift the notice as quickly as possible, in agreement with the HSE.”
Water must be boiled for drinking, drinks made with water, preparation of food not cooked prior to eating, brushing teeth, or making ice.
However, the water supply is still suitable for hygiene purposes, such as showering and hand-washing.
Another Boil Water notice for approximately 350 homes in the Eyrecourt area remains in place after six months