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Irish Water to start new Tallanstown works ‘with view to lifting BWN’

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An aerial view of Tallanstown village. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.

Irish Water hope that essential work due to be carried out in Tallanstown on Wednesday (March 25) will edge them closer to lifting the boil water notice for 16 properties that remain without adequate water supply in the village.

The company and Louth County Council will carry out works along the Glyde Road in the mid-Louth village between 9am and 6pm and warn customers in the surrounding areas may experience ‘intermittent disruption’ to their supply during the day.

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Irish Water say that customers may experience water discolouration, low pressure or water outages for short periods. At the end of January, after exactly six months in which 600 customers (not properties) in Tallanstown and the wider area went without a clean water supply, the Boil Water Notice was lifted for the majority, leaving just 16 standalone properties affected.

The remaining 16 properties are located on the Glyde road, between the junction of Glyde road and Tallanstown village to just beyond Rathbrist cottages. The company said at the time that successful ice-pigging, carried out earlier in January was the reason the notice had been lifted. It had been, and remains for that 16, in place since July 30 2019.

In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, Irish Water said they had already carried out significant works on the network and at the water treatment plant which made it possible for the BWN to be lifted for the majority of customers in Tallanstown.

‘Sixteen properties remain on the Boil Water Notice and it is hoped that these works will enable the Boil Water Notice be lifted for those remaining on the notice. Irish Water and Louth County Council will consult with the Health Service Executive and the Environmental Protection Agency in the coming weeks with a view to lifting the notice.’

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Last month, Bernie Woods, Louth County Council’s Head of Finance and Water Services, told the February meeting of the council that the local authority and Irish Water have regular meetings in relation to medium and long term projects and that a Boil Water Notice such as the now almost eight month one endured by some in Tallanstown would act as a driver for some work to be made a priority.

“There is long term works needed,” Woods told the meeting.

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