A boil notice affecting 700 people in North Clare will extend until mid-April, Clare County Council confirmed this week.
A number of precautionary boil notices have been implemented in Ballyvaughan over the past year but since early February a full boil-notice has been in place. This has resulted in residents having to boil water for consumption, brushing teeth, making ice cubes and for use in coffee machines. The notice was implemented after the supply became contaminated, most likely council officials believe, by slurry spread within the legal time frame.
The Ballyvaughan supply has been considered “vulnerable” for some time and Clare County Council planned to transfer the supply from the Ballyvaughan scheme to the North Clare Regional Water Supply Scheme but this is yet to happen.
“While we expect to physically connect to the regional supply by the end of March, we will then need to consult with the HSE to initiate removal of the boil notice and this will probably take another week to 10 days,” said Hugh McGrath, senior executive engineer, Water Services, Clare County Council.
When the notice was announced, the local authority asked consumers on the Ballyvaughan Public Water Supply, including the Muckinish, Gleninagh, Gregans, Knocknagrough and Newtown group water schemes, to get in touch with the council and register their mobile phone number to receive updates.
Clare County Council described the response to this as “moderate” but said just 34 numbers and/or email contacts had been registered.
“We remind people they can register their numbers with us. We will only contact via this means where an urgent update is required. Once the new scheme is connected and the boil notice lifted we don’t expect to need this list but will retain it as a precaution,” Mr McGrath added.