HOMEOWNERS who have been without safe water in their taps for the entire year have finally got the go-ahead to resume drinking.
Irish Water and Cork County Council has confirmed that a Do Not Consume Notice for customers in the Belvelly and Ticknock area has been lifted with immediate effect.
The notice was issued for 76 properties in Belvelly last year due to exceedances in the level of iron in the network.
Its lifting today follows the completion of works to decommission the old cast iron pipes in the network and to provide new water supply pipes for the area.
This means that the water in the area is no longer supplied from Tibbotstown and is now part of the Glashaboy Water Supply Scheme which already serves the town of Cobh.
Neil Smyth, Irish Water's Operations Lead for Cork, said, "We fully acknowledge and understand the impact of this Do Not Consume notice on the people affected and we sincerely regret the inconvenience.
"It is a major disruption when the water supplied to your property is not fit for drinking or cooking and, particularly when such a restriction is in place for an extended period.
"Today, following consultation with the HSE it was agreed that the restriction on the supply can be lifted.
"This follows siginficant engineering works to replace 3km of pipelines on public roads. The outcome will be the elimination of this particular risk to the water supply for the longer term."