Severe weather caused water alert

A boil water notice that affected the centre of Clonmel town for two days last week was caused by severe weather conditions and a temporary power outage at a water treatment plant.

A boil water notice that affected the centre of Clonmel town for two days last week was caused by severe weather conditions and a temporary power outage at a water treatment plant.

On Tuesday of last week, August 14, Clonmel Borough Council issued the boil water notice when it emerged the local water supply may have become contaminated and the public were told to take the precaution before drinking it. It was lifted again on Thursday, August 16.

Clonmel Town Clerk, Ger Walsh, explained to The Nationalist that on the previous Monday night, August 13, two events combined to cause the problem.

“It was mainly as a result of severe weather and a power failure at Poulavanogue,” said Mr Walsh. Flash floods increased the volume of water going in to the reservoir, and while the treatment plant did have a battery back up for power outages it did not cope with the sheer volume of water that came through that night.

The alert only affect the town centre area, Mountain Road and the Davis Road areas.

“We acknowledge the patience, cooperation and assistance of the public and we regret any inconvenience to householder and the business community,” Mr Walsh said.

The notice was issued following advice from the HSE.