Boil Water Notice re-issued for customers supplied by Leixlip Water Treatment Plant

A BOIL Water Notice has been re-issued for customers supplied by Leixlip Water Treatment Plant due to heavy rain.

Irish Water Water and Fingal County Council have this evening confirmed, “as a precaution”, a Boil Water Notice to "protect the health of customers" supplied by Leixlip Water Treatment Plant. 


The decision to put a Boil Water Notice in place for a second time has been made in consultation with the HSE. 

As with the last Boil Water Notice, approximately 600,000 people are impacted.

According to Irish Water, the areas impacted are the same as previously - parts of Fingal, areas in Dublin City Council, parts of South Dublin County Council, parts of Kildare and Dunboyne in Meath.

A map detailing the areas affected can be found on the Irish Water website HERE

In a statement released Irish Water said: “Due to heavy rain, turbidity (cloudy water due to suspended particles levels) in the source water for the old Leixlip Plant exceeded acceptable levels.

“Plant operators reacted quickly before alarms were activated and shut down the old plant to stop this water entering the network. 

“There were no issues at the new plant, where the level of turbidity was managed by the newer technology on site.

“It was essential to re-start production at the old plant, which produces 20 per cent of drinking water for Dublin, otherwise significant restrictions and outages would be inevitable.

“As Irish Water cannot guarantee the quality the water from the old plant, a Boil Water Notice is now in place.”

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According to Irish Water, it in the process of contacting registered vulnerable customers who are affected by this Boil Water Notice to advise them.

They have also asked members of the public and elected representatives to share the news of the Boil Water Notice.

Speaking about the Boil Water Notice, Eamon Gallen, Irish Water’s General Manager said: "We are very disappointed that a Boil Water Notice has to be imposed again but as we outlined the last time, our number one priority is the public health and the safety and well-being of our customers.

“The choice we were faced with was customers having a severely restricted water supply for a long period of time or having water for sanitation purposes such as showering and flushing of toilets.

“We were left with no option but to resume production at the old plant in the knowledge that a Boil Water Notice would then be necessary.

“We will work with Fingal County Council to get the Boil Water Notice lifted as soon as possible, subject to consultation with the EPA and HSE.”

Customers with queries regarding this Boil Water Notice should contact Irish Water directly on its 24/7 customer care helpline 1850 278 278.  

Further information on Boil Water Notices can be found on the Irish Water website HERE or for updates visit the Irish Water Twitter account

Boil Water Notice advice issued by Irish Water - 

Water must be boiled for:
Drinks made with water
Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating
Brushing of teeth
Making of ice - discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.

Water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for brushing teeth or gargling

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