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Boil Water Notice lifted for customers supplied by Leixlip Water Treatment Plant

12.11.2019 17:33 #1
 Following consultation and in agreement with the HSE, Irish Water and Fingal County Council can confirm that the Boil Water Notice for customers supplied by Leixlip Water Treatment Plant has been lifted with immediate effect.

The EPA’s audit of the old Leixlip Plant and the satisfactory results of a number of water samples were factors in the decision to lift the Notice.

The EPA conducted their audit of the Leixlip Water Treatment Plant on Friday 8 November. Irish Water, Fingal County Council were on site to support the audit and the HSE were also present. The EPA, who are expected to publish their findings next week, were able to see the ways in which Irish Water and Fingal County Council have optimised the old plant; the additional staffing and monitoring; and daily water testing.

Irish Water, the HSE, EPA and Fingal County Council will continue to liaise on the Leixlip Water Treatment Plant, the protection of public health being the number on priority.

Niall Gleeson Managing Director of Irish Water said,
“Irish Water acknowledge and understand the impact of this boil water notice on the 600,000 people affected and we sincerely regret the inconvenience.”
“We endeavoured to keep the public up to date at every stage and we are grateful to the media, elected representatives and members of the public who shared the information on social media and who supported family, friends and neighbours.”

“We are grateful to our partners in Fingal County Council who worked with us to provide all of the necessary information to the HSE and EPA to facilitate the lifting of this boil water notice.”

“The old plant at Leixlip remains vulnerable and Irish Water working with Fingal County Council will be working to minimise the risk of another Boil Water Notice. We have maximised the processes to build resilience while also diverting water from Ballymore Eustace, the country’s biggest water treatment plant, to decrease pressure on the old plant at Leixlip. Working with Fingal County Council we are increasing the monitoring and staffing at the plant while also increasing the water testing. The ultimate solution is to replace the filters at the old plant and this process is being accelerated as quickly and safely as possible while still maintaining supply to the greater Dublin area.”

“If we could, we would shut down the old plant, take it off line and do all the refurbishment at once. This is not possible because 20% of Dublin’s water supply comes from the Old Plant and we do not have the spare capacity to allow this to happen.”

“We will continue to monitor the plant closely.”
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13.11.2019 08:51 #2
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Do we have to do anything before we can drink the water again?  Like let the water run out for a few minutes to clear the "old" contaminated water from the pipes and tanks?  If not, then how do you ensure that the water in our taps right now is safe to use?
13.11.2019 10:30 #3
Hi quickbeam,

Thanks for your query.

Originally posted by quickbeam
Do we have to do anything before we can drink the water again?  Like let the water run out for a few minutes to clear the "old" contaminated water from the pipes and tanks?  If not, then how do you ensure that the water in our taps right now is safe to use?


The lifting of the Boil Water Notice took into account the time required (through normal flow rates and use) for the remaining non-compliant water to fully pass through the network. This would also have taken into account private side storage systems in domestic properties.

We hope this information helps.

Thanks,
Allanah
28.05.2020 12:21 #4
Originally posted by quickbeam
Do we have to do anything before we can drink the water again?  Like let the water run out for a few minutes to clear the "old" contaminated water from the pipes and tanks?  If not, then how do you ensure that the water in our taps right now is safe to use?


“We are grateful to our partners in Fingal County Council who worked with us to provide all of the necessary information to the HSE and EPA to facilitate the lifting of this boil water notice.”
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