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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.

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