Boil Water Notice remains as repairs ongoing in Eyrecourt

Galway Daily news Kinvara Boil Water Notice

A boil water notice in place for hundreds of homes in Eyrecourt is expected to last for several more weeks at least.

Irish Water imposed the notice on 350 homes and businesses in Eyrecourt served by the Ballinasloe Public Water Supply in late February.

The alert was as a result of the low levels of chlorine detected in this part of the supply network.

Rónan Daly, Irish Water’s Asset Operations Lead said that repair works have been taking place since that time.

“We have installed an automatic flushing valve and are waiting on a specialist contractor to bring that unit into use in the next two weeks.”

Beyond that, he said that work is expected to begin this month on laying 1,082m of new water mains in the area, and decommissioning 553m of old cast iron mains.

These works are expected to be completed in August, but Irish Water has not said if the boil water notice will remain in place until that time.

“We are continuing to work closely with Galway County Council and the HSE to monitor the supply and lift the notice soon as it is safe to do so and safeguard the supply for the future,” Rónan Daly said.

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.

A separate boil water notice for almost 3,000 homes in the Gort area also remains in place after more than four months.

Updates can be found on Irish Water’s supply and service website page.