A boil water notice that was put in effect last month for homes and businesses supplied by the Whitegate Regional Water Supply Scheme in east Cork has been lifted.
Irish Water confirmed this afternoon that the notice, imposed on November 27, has been lifted for all customers on the Whitegate Regional Water Supply with immediate effect.
The Boil Water Notice was put in place as a precaution following an issue with the treatment process due to an increase in the turbidity of the raw water supplying the treatment plant.
Irish Water said staff worked with colleagues in Cork County Council to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
A statement from the water company said that a decision to lift the notice was made following consultation with the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Cork County Council.
“Having carried out a detailed examination of each stage of the treatment process, and with the benefit of improved monitoring and controls, we are now satisfied that the water being supplied to the area is safe to drink,” said Neil Smyth, Irish Water’s Operations Lead for Cork.
“We continue to carry out works at the plant to further enhance the treatment process.” A partial lifting of the restriction for approximately one third of the population served by the plant was possible earlier this month after water supply was re-routed from other adjoining water supplies.
The Boil Water Notice has now been lifted for all remaining customers.
This re-routing of supplies will continue until further notice.
“We fully acknowledge the impact and inconvenience caused by this Boil Water Notice to homes and businesses,” said Mr Smyth.
“We wish to thank the community for their patience and cooperation while we worked to resolve this issue.
“Our priority is the provision of safe, clean drinking water and safeguarding that water supply for the future is a vital focus,” he added.
Customers who have any queries regarding this Boil Water Notice and the lifting of it should contact Irish Water directly on their customer care helpline 1850 278 278.