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Do not consume notice - Belturbet Public Water Supply Scheme

Do not consume notice - Belturbet Public Water Supply Scheme

Following consultation with the Health Service Executive, Cavan County Council and Irish Water are issuing a do not consume notice with immediate effect to all consumers on the Belturbet Public Water Scheme and the Derryvoney Group Water Scheme.

Published on: 10 Sep 2021

Following consultation with the Health Service Executive, Cavan County Council and Irish Water are issuing a do not consume notice with immediate effect to protect the health of all consumers on the Belturbet Public Water Scheme and the Derryvoney Group Water Scheme.   

Due to environmental and mechanical issues, the Belturbet water treatment plant is experiencing elevated levels of manganese at the water treatment plant and in the Belturbet network. The public drinking water quality is considered to be considerably compromised and an immediate risk to your health. 

Important: Boiling your water will not render it safe to drink. 

 Please use an alternative safe source of drinking water (e.g. bottled water) for the following: 

  • Drinking 
  • Preparing Drinks made with water
  • Cooking of Food.
  • Food Preparation including washing and preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating 
  • Brushing of teeth and/or gargling
  • Making of ice. However, ensure you first discard all existing ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges
  • Preparing Infant Formula. Where a Do Not Consume Notice is in place, you can prepare infant formula from bottled water. 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.

IMPORTANT: Water from the hot tap of kitchen or bathroom sinks is not safe to drink.

You can continue to use your internal water supply for the following:

  • Flushing of toilets
  • Personal Hygiene (showering/bathing)
  • Laundry and washing utensils

Alternative supply’s will be provided at the following locations: Centra Belturbet, Erne Hill and Open Area/Hard Stand, the Lawns, Belturbet. Remember to boil this water before use for drinking or for food preparation