Clare County Council, acting as agents on behalf of Irish Water, says it has recorded significant improvements in the quality of drinking water being provided by the Kildysart water treatment plant, but has advised that water restrictions will remain in place until next Tuesday (12 August 2014) at least.
The Local Authority said a water quality testing programme will be carried out next week, and that a “satisfactory sequence of test results” will be required before existing restrictions can be lifted.
The HSE, in conjunction with Irish Water and Clare County Council, imposed water restrictions on the Kildysart Public Water Supply scheme on Tuesday 29th July. Approximately 1500 customers were advised as a precautionary measure that water on the scheme was not suitable for drinking due to the discolouration of the water caused by increased Manganese levels.
A Council spokesperson said: “There has been a further significant reduction in manganese levels in the treated water due to remedial works carried out this week at the treatment plant, but a sequence of good results over a number of days will need to be demonstrated before the restriction can be lifted.”
“In the interest of public health, it is recommended that all users on the Kildysart Public Water Supply and the Coolmeen Group Water Supply should not use tap water until further notice except for the flushing of toilets, flushing of internal house plumbing systems, dishwashing, personal hygiene, and laundry as high manganese may lead to staining of clothes but is not a public health risk. Customers are also advised to discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers.
“We are unable to determine when normal service will be resumed, but Irish Water and Clare County Council will continue to liaise with the HSE with a view to lifting drinking water restrictions as soon as practicable,” the spokesperson added.
In the meantime, drinking water tankers are being deployed daily outside Kildysart Secondary School and the Hilltop Bar in Coolmeen up until to and including Tuesday next, 12th August, at least.
Further information will be disseminated via the media, on www.water.ie and the Irish Water Customer Contact Centre: 1890 278278. Customers are requested to advise Irish Water or Clare County Council of elderly or disabled people who may require special assistance.