WORK BEGINS ON KILTEGAN WATER SUPPLY
WORKS have begun at the Kiltegan Water Supply Scheme to install a temporary filtration system. Residents have had to use bottled water for drinking since a Do Not Consume notice was put in place in January due to elevated nitrate levels in the water.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Irish Water confirmed that works to install a nitrate removal plant are ongoing with the process expected to take four weeks. If it is successful, Irish Water and Wicklow County Council will then liaise with the HSE to lift the Do Not Consume notice.
The statement also acknowledged the ‘impact and inconvenience’ caused and thanked the community for their ‘ongoing patience and cooperation while we work to resolve this issue.’
‘This should finally bring an end to this terrible saga where people in Kiltegan have been only able to consume bottled water for the past six months,’ said Cllr Edward Timmins.
Irish Water has been providing bottled water which is available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends beside Katie Lowes Pub.
‘The Do Not Consume Notice for customers on the Kiltegan Water Supply Scheme due to elevated nitrate levels in the water supply remains in place until further notice,’ the Irish Water spokesperson said.
The water should not be used for drinking, food preparation, teeth brushing or making ice.