Boil water no­tice for Lough Talt still in place de­spite clear tests

The Sligo Champion - - FRONT PAGE - By SORCHA CROW­LEY

THE Lough Talt public water sup­ply must still be boiled be­fore use de­spite test­ing clear for cryp­tosporid­ium for the past ten weeks.

The Boil Water No­tice re­mains in place for an­other month be­cause the HSE is in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ported cases of cryp­tosporid­io­sis in the com­mu­nity.

In a state­ment to The Sligo Cham­pion, Ir­ish Water said that while the source of the trans­mis­sion was “un­clear” at this point, the HSE ad­vised them to con­tinue the Boil Water No­tice for an­other four weeks in the in­ter­ests of public health.

Zero de­tec­tions of the bug have been recorded since March 7 th in what was de­scribed by Ir­ish Water as “the high risk” cryp­tosporid­ium sea­son.

Sam­pling will con­tinue for the next month and all re­sults will be re­viewed by the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers, ac­cord­ing to Ir­ish Water.

They said the cur­rent level of treat­ment pro­vided at Lough Talt water treat­ment plant “does not pro­vide ad­e­quate protection against cryp­tosporid­ium.”

“Ir­ish Water is ad­vis­ing cus­tomers that in the ab­sence of a val­i­dated cryp­tosporid­ium bar­rier there is a risk of fur­ther cryp­tosporodium de­tec­tions in the sup­ply,” the com­pany said.

They said the long term so­lu­tion “will be the pro­vi­sion of water from an al­ter­na­tive source and this op­tion is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by Ir­ish Water.”

In the in­terim how­ever, they are pre­par­ing a fresh plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to build an emer­gency water treat­ment plant un­der a process known as ‘Im­per­a­tive Rea­sons of Over-rid­ing Public In­ter­est’ (IROPI).

The emer­gency plant is to be built on the ex­ist­ing site.

It will in­clude a new bar­rier against cryp­tosporid­ium.

They’re ex­pected to lodge this ap­pli­ca­tion with Sligo County Coun­cil by the end of May.

Re­gional As­set Op­er­a­tions Man­ager with Ir­ish Water Sea­mus Grana­han said: “Public health is our num­ber one pri­or­ity and ul­ti­mately our aim is to pro­vide com­pli­ant and ro­bust water treat­ment for the 13,000 peo­ple who are sup­plied by the Lough Talt public water sup­ply.”

Since the be­gin­ning of March, over 70 leaks have been de­tected and re­paired on the scheme.

Ir­ish Water 24 hour cus­tomer helpline: 1850 278 278

The Lough Talt public water sup­ply must still be boiled for an­other month.

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