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Do not consume water notice issued in Achill


ATTRACTION Tourists have been flocking to places like Keem Beach in Achill over the last number of weeks, putting pressure on the island's water supply. Grianghraf: Cormac Ó Cionnaith

Anton McNulty

Water tankers will be mobilised on Achill Island after Irish Water issued a 'do not consume' notice due to elevated levels of aluminium and turbidity in the island's water supply.
The notice applies to 2,400 customers and thousands of  visitors to Achill supplied by the Achill Public Water Supply Scheme and the following Group Water Schemes - Slievemore, Dugort, Dooinver, Dooega and Sáile.
Irish Water warned customers that boiling the water will not reduce aluminium and turbidity levels and is therefore not a suitable measure to make the water safe to consume. They also warned that it is especially important that mains drinking water is not given to bottle-fed infants.
Mayo County Council are currently mobilising water tankers to Achill Island to provide an alternative water supply to customers. A number of these tankers were operational earlier this evening, Friday, August 7.
Further tankers will be in place tomorrow morning, Saturday, August 8. Customers are reminded to use their own containers when taking water from the tankers and to boil water before consumption as a precautionary measure. Bottled water is being arranged for delivery to vulnerable customers.
Irish Water drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Mayo County Council to resolve this situation as soon as possible.
Ger Greally, Regional Operations Lead in Irish Water said: “We acknowledge the impact of this notice on the local community in Achill Island. Tankers of water and bottled water will be delivered to the households impacted this evening and tomorrow. We would ask vulnerable customers who have concerns to contact our customer care team on 1850 278 278.
"Water can continue to be used for handwashing and personal hygiene. Customers on this water supply scheme should continue to follow public health advice on handwashing at this time. We are working closely with our colleagues in Mayo County Council to lift the notice as quickly as it is safe to do so and safeguard the water supply for the future.”
The warning came just days after residents were asked to conserve water use due to over demand on the local supply.