Update expected on Eyrecourt Boil Water Notice after five months

Galway Daily news Kinvara Boil Water Notice

Irish Water has said that it is hoped that sampling being carried out this week will allow the lifting of a Boil Water Notice in Eyrecourt that’s almost five months old.

A Boil Water Notice for 350 homes and businesses in Eyrecourt served by the Ballinasloe Public Water Supply has been in place for almost five months now.

The notice was imposed on February 24 due to the low levels of chlorine detected in this part of the supply network.

Works have since been carried out on the network, and Irish Water plans to carry out water sampling this week.

Rónan Daly, Irish Water’s Asset Operations Lead, has acknowledged the impact this notice is having on the community and apologised for the inconvenience to customers. 

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

“We have installed an automatic flushing valve on the water main network and that is now in operation.”

“We plan to undertake sampling over the next week and if all sample results are satisfactory, we will then seek HSE agreement to lift the Boil Water Notice.”  

Until then, 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 Boil Water Notice for 2,800 homes and business in Gort was lifted in late June, after being in place for more than four and a half months.