A temporary boil water notice was issued in Clonmel town centre last night, Tuesday, when it emerged that the local water supply may have become contaminated.
The notice was issued following advice from the HSE, according to Clonmel Borough Council.
According to the local authority, the areas affected are: Town Centre/Davis Road area- Joyces Lane in the West to Dunnes Stores on the Davis Road in the East; Cuirt an Ri/King Street on the North side to the River Suir on the South side. Also the Mountain Road Area.
(This notice does not apply to other areas and water schemes in Clonmel)
A statement released from Clonmel Borough Council said: “It has come to the attention of Clonmel Borough Council that due to a combination of power failure and severe weather that the public water supply served by the Poulavanogue Water Supply may be contaminated. On the advice of the Health Service Executive and as a precautionary measure pending further investigation, a temporary boil water notice is being issued. Accordingly, in the interest of public health, it is recommended that all users on the Poulavanogue water scheme boil water before use.”
While this notice is in effect water must be boiled for:
*Drinks made with water.
*Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating.
*Brushing of Teeth.
*Making of ice.
*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 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 make water safe to drink.
Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water.
Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.
Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing salads )
Prepare baby feeds with water that has been brought to the boil once and cooled. Do not use water that has been reboiled several times. Do not use bottled mineral water as some brands contain concentrations of minerals that are too high for babies.
Anyone suffering from diarrhoea for more than two days should contact their GP and provide a stool sample for testing. They should continue to drink plenty of boiled or bottled water.
Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.
Clonmel Borough Council do not know when this boil water notice will be lifted but say they will continue to liaise with the HSEwith a view to lifting the notice as soon as practicable.