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Several communities in east Galway have been told to boil their water this week due to a deterioration in water quality caused by heavy rainfall.
After 11 days over 46,500 people in Mayo were able to use their tap water after the boil water notice on the Lough Mask Regional Water Supply Scheme was lifted on Tuesday afternoon. Daily sampling at the source, at the treatment plant and on the network since the boil water notice was issued did not identify any presence of cryptosporidium.
The boil water notice that had been in place since Friday, September 2 was lifted today, Wednesday, September 13 according to An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. In a statement the Taoiseach said, "I am happy to learn the boil notice has been lifted on the Lough Mask Regional Water Supply and I expect every effort will be made to ensure this can be avoided in future. I understand the boil notice was an inconvenience since it was introduced on September 2, but the protection of public health was the key reason for implementing the notice. So far, no cases of illness have been reported from the presence of cryptosporidium in the Lough Mask Water Supply."
A full and comprehensive audit of the Lough Mask Water Treatment Plant was conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday following the issuing of a boil water notice on the scheme last Friday evening. Representatives from Irish Water, Mayo County Council and the Health Service Executive (HSE) were present at the audit.
The boil water notice imposed on the Loughrea Regional Water Supply Scheme in February of this year has finally been lifted following advice from the HSE.
Following advice from the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Mayo County Council, have issued a Boil Water Notice on the Lough Mask Regional Water Supply Scheme to protect consumers.
Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, reached a major milestone recently when the boil water notice at the Tir an Fhia Water Treatment Plant in Co Galway was lifted. An implementation group with experts from both Irish Water and Galway County Council was established to access the risk to the plant and develop a programme of necessary upgrade works to bring the plant back to compliant functionality and meet Irish Water best practice standards following the announcement of the boil water notice.