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Irish Water workers. Photo: Irish Water.
Irish Water workers. Photo: Irish Water.
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Boil water notice lifted in East Cork area

The boil water notice which had been affecting around 6,500 customers on the Whitegate Public Water Supply has been lifted.

A statement from Irish Water and Cork County Council says that following the completion of remedial works on the supply, the notice has been lifted in consultation with the HSE.

“Irish Water, Cork County Council and the HSE’s Water Local Liaison Group will continue to meet and review ongoing process control, monitoring and testing of the drinking water supply,” the statement reads.

Both the Council and Irish Water have acknowledged the “patience, cooperation and assistance of affected customers” and they say they greatly regret any inconvenience caused to householders and the business community.

The notice was put in place due to an issue with the filtration process as a result of burst pipework at the treatment plant. However that issue has now been rectified, and all affected customers can resume normal use of the water supply.

Neil Smyth, Irish Water’s Operations Lead for Cork, said: “It’s a major inconvenience and cause for concern to the community and businesses when water must be boiled for safe use.

"The community in Whitegate have had boil water notices imposed on their water supply in the past, most recently in December. We wish to apologise to all of the homes and businesses impacted.

“Our priority is the provision of safe, clean drinking water and safeguarding that water supply for the future is a vital focus. We wish to thank the community for their patience and cooperation while we worked to resolve this issue," he concluded.