Following consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE), Irish Water working in partnership with Wicklow County Council issued a Do Not Consume Notice for all 269 customers on the Kiltegan Water Supply Scheme. This is due to elevated levels of nitrate in the water supply.
It is especially important that mains drinking water is not given to bottle fed infants.
Please note this is not a Boil Water Notice. Boiling the water will not reduce nitrate levels and is therefore not a suitable measure to make the water safe to consume. This notice does not apply to any other areas or water schemes in County Wicklow.
Irish Water is providing bottled water which will be available beside Katie Lowes Pub as follows;
Monday 24 December, 12 noon to 7pm
Tuesday 25 December, 9am – 1pm
Wednesday 26 December, 9am – 1pm
Bottled water will continue to be provided on a daily basis following the Christmas period.
Irish Water’s drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in the Wicklow County Council to resolve this situation as soon as possible. Irish Water is progressing with plans to drill a new borehole to provide a new water source that will resolve this issue permanently. This is scheduled to be completed in early 2019.
Public Health Advice:
• This water should not be used for:
• Drinks made with water
• Good preparation, washing or cooking of food,
• Brushing of teeth
• Making of ice
• In particular, children under 12 months old should not drink this water.
• This water should not be used for making up infant formula for bottled fed infants. An alternative source of water should be used. Bottled water can also be used to make up infant formula. All bottled water, with the exception of natural mineral water, is regulated to the same standard as drinking water. It is best not to use bottled water labelled as ‘Natural Mineral Water’ as it can have high levels of sodium (salt) and other minerals, although it rarely does. ‘Natural Mineral Water’ can be used if no other water is available, for as short a time as possible, as it is important to keep babies hydrated.
• If bottled water is used to make up infant formula it should be boiled once (rolling boil for 1 minute), and cooled in the normal way.
• Ready-to-use formula that does not need added water can also be used.
• Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink.
• Caution should be taken when bathing infants to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water.
• Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges.
What can you use mains water for:
• The water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing, flushing toilets, laundry and washing of utensils.
Irish Water and Wicklow County Council will continue to liaise with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting this drinking water restriction as soon as practicable.