‘Do Not Con­sume’ no­tice on Kil­te­gan Wa­ter Sup­ply lifted after seven months

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By EIMEAR DODD

THE Do Not Con­sume no­tice for the Kil­te­gan Wa­ter Sup­ply Scheme has been lifted after seven months. Res­i­dents have had to use bot­tled wa­ter for drink­ing since the no­tice was put in place in Jan­uary due to el­e­vated ni­trate levels in the wa­ter.

Ir­ish Wa­ter con­firmed yes­ter­day (Tues­day) that nor­mal use of the wa­ter sup­ply for drink­ing can re­sume.

Cllr Gerry O’Neill, cathaoir­leach of Balt­in­glass Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict said, ‘I’m de­lighted the no­tice has fi­nally been lifted. The peo­ple of Kil­te­gan can now get back to some nor­mal­ity. How­ever, the sit­u­a­tion went on for far too long and hope­fully, this is now the end of it.’

Ir­ish Wa­ter, in part­ner­ship with Wick­low County Coun­cil had re­cently in­stalled a new ni­trate treat­ment sys­tem at the Kil­te­gan Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant.

Fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion with the HSE, an Ir­ish Wa­ter spokesper­son said that ‘the wa­ter sup­ply is now com­pli­ant with drink­ing wa­ter reg­u­la­tions, and nor­mal use of the wa­ter sup­ply for drink­ing, food prepa­ra­tion, and brush­ing teeth can re­sume.’

John O’Donoghue, Re­gional Op­er­a­tions Manager with Ir­ish Wa­ter, said: ‘Ir­ish Wa­ter is aware of the im­pact and in­con­ve­nience caused by this Do Not Con­sume No­tice to homes and busi­nesses in the Kil­te­gan area. We wish to thank the com­mu­nity in Kil­te­gan for their pa­tience and co­op­er­a­tion while this is­sue was re­solved.’

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