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Locals collecting water from a Clare County Council water tanker in Kildysart. Photograph by John Kelly.

Kildysart water problems persist

Drinking water restrictions introduced on July 29th last for an estimated 1,500 customers of the Kildysart Public Water Supply and the Coolmeen Group
Water Supply are to remain in place until at least this Friday.

The HSE, in conjunction with Clare County Council and Irish Water, says that water on the schemes remains unsuitable for drinking, as a precautionary
measure, due to the discolouration of the water caused by increased
manganese levels in the public water supply.

“At this stage the water quality has improved because of the ongoing modifications to the water treatment process. The general quality of the water is not yet at a satisfactory level and following further consultation with the HSE it is advised that the water is not suitable for drinking until further notice.

“We are unable to determine when normal service will be resumed, but Irish
Water and Clare County Council will continue to liaise with the HSE with a
view to lifting drinking water restrictions as soon as practicable,” a council
spokesperson  said.

Water tankers will be made available until at least Friday at Kildysart Secondary School (10-11am and 6-7pm) and outside the Hilltop Bar in Coolmeen (Midday-1pm) and (8-9pm). The public are urged to boil water obtained from tankers before consumption.

Further information will be disseminated via the media, on www.water.ie and
the Irish Water Customer Contact Centre: 1890 278278. Customers are
requested to advise Irish Water or Clare County Council of elderly or
disabled people who may require special assistance.

-ENDS-

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