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Boil Water Notice to affect just 20 properties ‘in near future’, say Irish Water

Tallanstown
The meeting will take place at Tallanstown Community Hall. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.

irish Water say they hope to reduce the Boil Water Notice in Tallanstown to affect just 20 properties ‘in the near future’ but they have yet to figure out how to end the BWN for the remaining properties in the village.

Ahead of a public meeting to be held in the village on Wednesday, the company issued a further statement on Monday evening where they said they hoped the recent ice-pigging carried out by engineers would allow them to lift the notice for the majority of the remaining affected customers.

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Irish Water did not issue a concrete time frame for when the notice may be lifted for those customers, aside from stating they ‘hoped’ the BWN could be reduced ‘in the near future.’

‘The Boil Water Notice which has been in place since 30 July, 2019 remains in place for approximately 600 customers in Tallanstown village,’ the statement read.

‘Irish Water’s drinking water and operational experts will continue to work with Louth County Council on the issue and will consult with the Health Service Executive to lift the Boil Water Notice for those remaining on the notice as quickly and as safely as possible.

‘Following the recent ‘ice pigging’ of the watermains it is hoped that in the near future the extent of the Boil Water Notice can be reduced to fewer than 20 properties.’

However, Irish Water say they and Louth County Council’s water services department were still ‘exploring other options’ to lift the BWN for the remaining 20 properties in the village.

On Friday, Irish Water confirmed to LouthNow.ie that no representative from the company will be in attendance at the public meeting to be held in Tallanstown on Wednesday this week as locals prepare to have their say on the Boil Water Notice in place in the area.

Irish Water have also confirmed that despite requests locally for a water tanker to be provided to those living with the BWN, it would not offer any solution to the ongoing problem.

‘We understand that water tankers have been requested in the community. As this is a Boil Water Notice the provision of tankers does not assist customers as it is advised the water from the tankers is boiled before use.’

Ice-pigging, a technique were an ice slush is pumped into a watermain and forced along the inside to clean the pipe by removing sediment and other unwanted deposits, was completed earlier this month. This was followed by watermain flushing to remove any further sediment from the pipes.

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