The Boil Water Notice has been lifted for 584 properties in Tallanstown and its surrounds – leaving just 16 customers left under the BWN, Irish Water say this afternoon.
In a statement, the company say that the remaining 16 properties are located on the Glyde road, between the junction of Glyde road and Tallanstown village to just beyond Rathbrist cottages.
Irish Water say successful ice-pigging, carried out earlier this month, is the reason the notice has been lifted. It had been, and remains for that 16, in place since July 30 2019. ‘Irish Water’s drinking water and operational experts worked with Louth County Council on this issue to lift the notice as quickly and as safely as possible,’ they said today.
Almost exactly six months after the BWN was put in place, the company and Louth County Council now say the vast majority of affected customers have safe and clean water to drink and use.
‘Following extensive monitoring of the plant and network Irish Water can confirm that adequate chlorine levels are being maintained consistently at all locations with the exception of a specific section of the network located on Glyde road between the junction of Glyde road and Tallanstown village up to just beyond Rathbrist cottages,’ this afternoon’s statement read.
‘It is necessary that chlorine is present in adequate levels in drinking water to ensure that the water remains disinfected until it gets to the taps in people’s homes and businesses.
‘Irish Water acknowledges the impact and inconvenience caused by the Boil Water Notice in the Tallanstown area. We wish to thank the community for their patience and cooperation while we worked to resolve the issue. For those 16 properties remaining on the Boil Water Notice we will continue our work to ensure the Boil Water Notice can be lifted on their supply as quickly as possible.
‘Irish Water and Louth County Council will deliver a notice to those remaining on the Boil Water Notice this evening. Should customers have any queries regarding this Boil Water Notice they should contact Irish Water directly on our customer care helpline.’
A public meeting held in the Community Hall in the village as recently as Wednesday saw Irish Water heavily criticised for their handling of the issue, particularly relating to communication to affected customers. Now that the number has reduced to as few as 16, the company appear willing and able to communicate directly with those residents.