WEXFORD County Council has confirmed that a boil water advisory for the town of Wexford, affecting more than 20,000 people, has been lifted with immediate effect.
The advisory went into effect on October 30, with the affected area stretching from the town of Wexford to Barntown and Taghmon. Bottled water flew off the shelves over the next three weeks, as locals stocked up while the boil water advisory was in place. However, with all necessary reviews, testing and consultation with HSE, Irish Water and Wexford County Council completed, it was announced this evening that the boil water advisory has finally been lifted.
In a statement, Irish Water said: ‘Irish Water and Wexford County Council wish to notify customers of the City of Wexford’s public water system only after the completion of corrective actions and receipt of results. monitoring, the boil water advisory that was put in place is now lifted with immediate effect. This decision follows a consultation undertaken with the Health Service Executive. All consumers of the City of Wexford’s public water supply network can now resume normal use of the water supply for drinking, preparing food and brushing teeth.
Meanwhile, in Gorey, a boil water advisory affecting some 7,500 people served by the Creagh water treatment plant remains in effect.
A statement from Wexford County Council said: ‘Irish Water has been monitoring the performance of the treatment plant since sand improvements and plant checks were carried out last week. To date, more than 100,000 € has been invested in the modernization of the plant. All network samples were free of bacteria and the network chlorine results are correct. We hope that there will be a positive movement on the lifting of this notice in the coming days. “
The boil water advisories were said to have been caused by extremely heavy precipitation, which in turn resulted in “high levels of turbidity in the supply which impacted the treatment process.” As a result, the water levels in the reservoirs fell and a number of areas in the town of Wexford even went without water for several days.
With water issues also occurring in Gorey and Enniscorthy, this has led to further calls for Irish Water to step up its investment in the required UV treatment systems, which council officials said would have avoided the big majority of water problems endured by residents of Wexford in recent weeks.