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TD Whitmore welcomes lifting of Barndarrig Do Not Consume Notice

The ‘Do Not Consume’ boil water notice in Barndarrig has been lifted, the HSE has confirmed.

Wicklow TD Jennifer Whitmore – who raised the issue a number of times in the Dáil and with both Irish Water and the Minister for State at the Department of Housing – has welcome the news.

Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Whitmore said: “After nearly 6 months of the ban in place, I’m delighted that it has finally been lifted and that residents can finally experience some normality as we enter the summer months and who will no longer have to rely on bottled water. It has been a tireless campaign on behalf of residents to try get their water supply issues address and which I have raised countless times in the Dáil as a result.

“Irish Water and Wicklow County Council have notify consumers that following the completion of remedial works on this supply and receipt of satisfactory monitoring results, the Do Not Consume notice is now lifted with immediate effect. This decision follows consultation undertaken with the Health Service Executive.

“I extensively engaged with the Minister to make sure that Irish Water put in place proper measures to enable quick restoration of the Barndarrig water supply as well as a treatment system to ensure minimal future disruption. I will continue to liaise with Irish Water, the residents and the Minister on this issue and the €100,000 capital upgrade due to commence shortly.

“Altogether, these efforts should highlight the importance of protecting our water supply and the need for funding for upgrades to water plants across Wicklow. Other towns and villages continue to experience disruption from time to time which is down to the lack of sufficient investment in our water infrastructure.

“I look forward to continues works being carried out and will continue to communicate with residents on this issue,” she added.

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