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Boil Water Notice issued for customers in Macroom

November 13th, 2022 12:33 PM

By Jackie Keogh

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A boil water notice has been issued for Macroom, affecting 4,150 customers.

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Following consultation with the HSE, Irish Water and Cork County Council have issued a Boil Water Notice for all customers supplied by Macroom Public Water Supply.

This notice has been issued to protect the health of approximately 4,150 customers and has been put in place as a precautionary measure due to elevated turbidity in the supply.

The notice impacts customers in Macroom town, Codrum, Masseytown, Kilnagurteen, Coolehane, Coolcower, Macloneigh, Carrigadrohid, and surrounding areas. Customers can check if their property is included by visiting the Water Quality section of and entering the property’s Eircode or by calling the Irish Water customer care helpline, open 24/7, on 1800 278 278. All customers on this supply are advised to boil water before use until further notice.

Irish Water Operations Lead, Niall O’Riordan, said the utility regrets the inconvenience to impacted customers.

'Public health is Irish Water’s number one priority,' he said, 'and we would like to assure customers that the notice has been put in place to protect public health.

'We acknowledge the inconvenience caused to homes and businesses and would like to assure customers that we will lift the notice as quickly and as safely as possible, in consultation with the HSE.'

Irish Water’s drinking water standards, as per EU Drinking Water regulations, are strict and include wide safety margins. Where risks to water quality are identified through Irish Water’s enhanced testing and monitoring programme, the Health Service Executive (HSE) are consulted and Boil Water Notices are issued to protect public health. In all instances immediate action is taken to address the cause of the issue to enable the lifting of the notice as quickly as it safe to do so, in agreement with the HSE.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water receive direct communication on Boil Water Notices. Customers are reminded that the water is safe to consume once boiled. If impacted customers are feeling unwell they should contact their GP for medical advice.

Water must be boiled for:
• Drinking;
• Drinks made with water;
• Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating;
• Brushing of teeth;
• Making of ice - discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.

What actions should be taken:
• Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing salads);
• Water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for brushing teeth or gargling;
• Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil (e.g. with an automatic kettle) and allow to cool. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap is not safe to drink. Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink;
• Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water;
• Preparing Infant Formula: Where a Boil Water Notice is in place, you can prepare infant formula from tap water that has been boiled once (rolling boil for 1 minute) and cooled beforehand. Bottled water can also be used to make up infant formula. All bottled water, with the exception of natural mineral water, is regulated to the same standard as drinking water. It is best not to use bottled water labelled as ‘Natural Mineral Water’ as it can have high levels of sodium (salt) and other minerals, although it rarely does. ‘Natural Mineral Water’ can be used if no other water is available, for as short a time as possible, as it is important to keep babies hydrated. If bottled water is used to make up infant formula it should be boiled once (rolling boil for 1 minute), and cooled in the normal way. Ready-to-use formula that does not need added water can also be used.

Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.

Updates are available on our Water Supply Updates section on, on Twitter @IWCare and via our customer care helpline, open 24/7 on 1800 278 278.

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