Urgent Water Notice Ballyragget

Public Alert: Drinking Water Ballyragget Water Supply Scheme
Irish Water & Kilkenny County Council

Following consultation with the HSE, consumers on the Ballyragget Water Supply scheme are notified that water on this scheme is not suitable for consumption by babies under the age of six months. This is due to elevated levels of nitrate levels in the water supply

Guidance on preparing infant formula:

- Preparing Infant Formula. Bottled water can be used to make up infant formula. All bottled water, with the exception of natural mineral water, is regulated to the same standard as drinking water. It is best not to use bottled water labelled as 'Natural Mineral Water' as it can have high levels of sodium (salt) and other minerals, although it rarely does. 'Natural Mineral Water' can be used if no other water is available, for as short a time as possible, as it is important to keep babies hydrated. If bottled water is used to make up infant formula it should be boiled once (rolling boil for 1 minute), and cooled in the normal way. Ready-to-use formula that does not need added water can also be used.

Irish Water will provide bottled water to customers with children under six months of age in the affected area. Customers should contact 1850 278 278 to arrange delivery.

How long before I can use tap water normally again?

We do not know at present, but Irish Water and Kilkenny County Council will continue to liaise with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting drinking water restrictions as soon as practicable.

How will we keep you informed?

  • Local radio
  • Website: www.water.ie
  • Irish Water Customer Contact Centre: 1890 278 278

A further notice will be issued after more testing on the public water supply

Areas Affected

Consumers fed off the Ballyragget Public Water Supply Scheme

This notice does not apply to other areas and water schemes in Co.Kilkenny

Margaret Attridge
Regional Manager
Irish Water

Tim Butler
Director of Services
Kilkenny County Council

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