Achill boil water notice remains in place while network is flushed and works are commissioned

Irish Water and Mayo County Council would like to remind customers supplied by the Achill Pubic Water Supply, including group water schemes, that the boil water notice issued on the supply on February 1 to accommodate the next phase of the planned works at the Achill Water Treatment Plant, is still in place.

Irish Water and Mayo County Council have announced that the first phase of improvement works at the Achill Water Treatment Plant is now complete. However, the boil water notice will remain in place for approximately a further week to two to allow for network flushing and a programme of verification monitoring. On successful completion of the monitoring programme, Irish Water and Mayo County Council will consult with the HSE with a view to having the boil water notice removed.

Approximately 2,800 customers on the island and the adjacent mainland who are supplied by the Achill Public Water Supply must boil their water before drinking and preparing food. The following are the Group Water Schemes served by the Achill Public Water Supply Scheme: Dooniver, Saulia No 2, Crumpaun; Dooega; Shraheens, Achill; Dugort No 1, Dugort No. 2, Valley 1, and Valley 3, Bleanaskil No 1 and Ards Curraun.

Irish Water and Mayo County Council working in partnership with EPS are upgrading the filtration and clarification treatment processes at the plant.

These essential works will be carried out as quickly and as safely as possible and in line with Covid-19 protocols. Customers are reminded to continue adhering to public health advice on hand washing and hygiene regarding COVID-19 while these upgrade works are underway. Irish Water will liaise with the HSE and EPA throughout the duration of the works.

To facilitate these works the treatment process will be compromised and this is why customers must boil their water before use to make it safe for consumption. Water must be boiled for drinking, preparation of salads and similar foods which are not cooked prior to eating, making of ice and brushing teeth.

Vulnerable customers are reminded that the water is safe to consume once boiled. Business customers will receive a 40 per cent rebate on the cost of the supply of water to their businesses for the duration of the Boil Water Notice.


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