Irish Water contacts Clonmel homes and businesses to outline its plans to improve their water quality

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Irish Water contacts Clonmel homes and businesses to outline its plans to improve their water quality

Irish Water says it plans to write to homes and businesses on the public water network in Clonmel where the drinking water quality is not as good as it could be.

Water from the scheme affected, the Clonmel and Poulavanogue Public Water Supply, is still safe to drink. 

An Irish Water spokesman said the letter will outline what the utility is doing to improve supply in this scheme, which serves 2,711 customers, to improve supply.

The Clonmel & Poulavanogue Public Water Supply is affected by potential issues in relation to cryptosporidium. To address this, Irish Water is upgrading the Poulavanouge Water Treatment Plant. We expect the works to be completed by the end of 2020.

In the past, Irish Water only contacted homes and businesses if there was a problem with their drinking water supply that was likely to cause an immediate risk to health. Irish Water will continue to do that.

However, the recent Water Services Policy Statement 2018 – 2025 called for better engagement with, and greater transparency for people using public water supplies. This direct communication is an important part of helping the public to understand what we do.

Homes and businesses in 16 counties across the country on 53 different water supply schemes will receive a detailed booklet outlining the issues with their water supply which might vary from elevated THMs; inadequate barriers for cryptosporidium; poor turbidity removal; presence of low levels of pesticides; or details of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) audit of a plant.

The individual booklet will explain in detail to householders where their drinking water comes from; why Irish Water are writing to them; how Irish Water know that their water is safe to drink; information about regulation and testing; what Irish Water is doing to fix their specific water supply; and where they can get more information.

The Clonmel & Poulavanogue Public Water Supply is affected by potential issues in relation to cryptosporidium. To address this, Irish Water is upgrading the Poulavanouge Water Treatment Plant. We expect the works to be completed by the end of 2020.

Speaking about the public information campaign, Duane O’Brien said:

“Irish Water has worked closely with the EPA to identify the public water schemes that need a plan or action to improve their water treatment. We are prioritising our investment in these treatment plants. Providing safe, clean drinking water for all in County Tipperary is our first goal.”

“Everyone we are writing to in County Tipperary has access to drinking water that is safe to drink. We monitor and test our supplies on a continuous basis and if this monitoring indicates a potential water quality issue we consult with the HSE. If there is any potential risk to public health from the drinking water supply we inform the public immediately. If anyone has any questions or concerns they should contact Irish Water.”

If members of the public have any questions that are not covered in booklet please phone us on Callsave 1850 278 278 or +353 1 707 2828 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).