Belvelly water notice extended; 216 people now affected

Belvelly water notice extended; 216 people now affected
Belvelly residents received 'Do Not Use' notifications from Irish Water for their home water supplies around 16th August.Pic; Larry Cummins

Following advice from the HSE and Cork County Council, Irish Water has extended the Do Not Use notice currently in place for customers in the Belvelly area of Cobh.

County Cllr Cathal Rasmussen with Belvelly residents beside a water tanker parked up.Pic; Larry Cummins
County Cllr Cathal Rasmussen with Belvelly residents beside a water tanker parked up.Pic; Larry Cummins

An additional nine properties are now affected, bringing the total numbers affected to approximately 216 customers in 76 properties. The notice will remain in place until further notice.

Following water quality sampling it was detected that the iron levels in the water were elevated. The Do Not Use notice has been imposed on the advice of the Health Service Executive as an iron exceedance has been recorded on the scheme.

Excess iron in the supply can cause a drop in the chlorine level which in turn can leave the water at risk from inadequate disinfection.

County Cllr Cathal Rasmussen shows a sample of water from the tap of a Belvelly resident. Residents received DO NOT USE notifications from Irish Water around 16th August. The notice has been extended.Pic; Larry Cummins
County Cllr Cathal Rasmussen shows a sample of water from the tap of a Belvelly resident. Residents received DO NOT USE notifications from Irish Water around 16th August. The notice has been extended.Pic; Larry Cummins

Irish Water and Cork County Council are working to address the problem and are currently carrying out flushing of the network. Testing of water quality at taps in the area continues and we share these results with the HSE who will advise on the lifting of the notice.

“Customers must not drink the water until further notice,” Irish Water said.

“It is not known at this time how long the notice will be in place. We will provide further updates on this as we have them.”

Tankered water will be available for collection from Aldi and Lidl at Ticknock, Cobh. Customers are reminded to use their own containers when taking water from the tankers and to boil water before consumption as a precautionary measure. Irish Water drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with Cork County Council and the HSE to monitor the supply and lift the notice as quickly as possible.

  • For more information and additional advice, customers can contact a 24-hour line on 1850 278 278.

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