Boil Water Notice remains in place after two weeks

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Galway Daily news Upgrade works to cause water outages in Gort

A Boil Water Notice affecting almost 2,000 homes in the Gort area remains in place after two weeks.

Irish Water issued the alert for properties on the Gort Public Water Supply on February 2 following a mechanical fault at the treatment plant.

Approximately 2,800 Customers are advised to boil their water before use and continue to do so until further notice.

Alternative water supplies in the form of bulk tankers are in place at Church Street and in the Punchpowl Estate on the Ennis Road.

The tankers may be offsite for short periods if refilling is required during the day.

People are reminded to use their own containers when taking water from the tankers and to boil and cool the water before consumption as a precautionary measure.

Bottled water will be provided for vulnerable customers who are registered on this supply in adherence with current HSE advice.

Ronan Daly of Irish Water said that replacement equipment is needed before repair works can take place at the plant.

“We wish to apologise to all of the homes and businesses impacted by this Boil Water Notice.”

“We have carried out an assessment of the damaged filter and are currently awaiting replacement equipment through a specialist contractor.”

“Irish Water will continue to liaise with the HSE and EPA throughout the duration of the works at the plant.”

“Our team will issue regular updates to the communities impacted by this notice as we continue our work to lift it as quickly as possible.”

Water must be boiled for drinking, drinks made with water, preparation of food not cooked prior to eating, brushing teeth, or making ice.