Irish Water have said this afternoon that they plan to lift the Boil Water Notice for more than 580 customers in the Tallanstown and mid-Louth area by “next week”. The company say they will communicate directly with the remaining ‘fewer than 20 householders’ thereafter.
The announcement comes just hours before a public meeting is due to be held at Tallanstown Community Hall on Wednesday evening (8pm).
Irish Water, jointly with Louth County Council, say that they will now begin to undertake microbiological monitoring of the network to test work carried out. Should those results come back positive, it will be full steam ahead for lifting the notice for the majority of customers.
In a statement issued shortly before 4pm on Wednesday, the company said, ‘Irish Water’s drinking water and operational experts and Louth County Council have continued to carry extensive chlorine surveying in the supply since the imposition of the boil water notice.
‘As Irish Water are now satisfied that a chlorine residual can be maintained consistently at all locations with the exception of a specific section of the network we are now in a position to carry out microbiological monitoring of the network to verify the effectiveness of works completed to date.’
They say that based on the results of that monitoring, which they expect to be positive, they will look to lift the BWN next week.
‘Following the receipt of three satisfactory results Irish Water and Louth County Council will consult with the Health Service Executive and the Environmental Protection Agency with a view to lifting the Boil Water Notice for the majority of those remaining on the notice next week.
‘Following extensive assessment of the network it is possible that fewer than 20 properties may remain on a Boil Water Notice where adequate chlorine residual concentrations cannot be maintained. Irish Water and Louth County Council are exploring other options to lift the Boil Water Notice for these properties and will communicate directly with these householders.’
The BWN has been in place in Tallanstown sine July 30 last year. It initially affected 2,000 customers, which was then reduced to 600 after work undertaken at the water treatment plant.