Do Not Consume notice for Spiddal Water supply now a month old

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galway daily news Inishbofin Do Not Consume notice likely to remain for weeks

A Do Not Consume Notice for the water supply of thousands of homes in the Spiddal area remains in place after a month.

Irish Water said this week that the EPA has completed an audit of the water treatment plant this week, and that it was decided after that the notice will not be lifted.

The order for 5,676 properties on the Spiddal Public Water Supply not to drink their water was issued on September 16.

It was issued due to elevated manganese levels found in the public water supply, which would endanger people’s health if consumed.

Irish Water has emphasised that it is especially important that this water not be given to bottle fed infants.

Speaking about the notice, Anthony Skeffington, Regional Operations Manager, Irish Water said; “The Environmental Protection Agency completed an audit of the water treatment plant this week where it was agreed that we will continue with the intensive flushing and sampling campaign.”

“Irish Water’s primary focus is and always will be the protection of public health and we appreciate the impact that this notice is having on our customers in Spiddal.”

Alternative water supplies in the form of bulk tankers have been arranged and are in place at the following locations:

  • Furbo Beach at Pádraicíns Seafood Bar & Restaurant;
  • Spiddal Car Park, beside bottle bank;
  • Inverin Church;
  • Coláiste Chamuis  (Across from An Pota and Tg4);
  • Community Centre Rossaveal.

These will continue to be replenished daily until the Do Not Consume Notice is lifted.