Irish Water is to write to 661 homes and businesses in Waterford to inform them about problems with their supply.
The customers are among 140 thousand households who get their water from 55 ‘at risk’ public water supplies.
The supply is drinkable but sub-standard in all but two of them, which are on a boil water notice.
The problems range from traces of pesticides in the water, to inadequate barriers for cryptosporidium.
The public water supplies on the Ring/Helvick Public Water Supply are at risk of THMs (trihalomethanes).
To address this, Irish Water will be changing the supply source for this area. In future, water supply will come from the Dungarvan Public Water Scheme.
Irish Water expects the works to facilitate this change to be complete by the end of 2019.
Speaking about the public information campaign, Regional Operations Lead Brian O’Leary said “everyone we are writing to on the Ring/Helvic Public Water supply has access to drinking water that is safe to drink.”
“We monitor and test our supplies on a continuous basis and if this monitoring indicates a potential water quality issue we consult with the HSE. If there is any potential risk to public health from the drinking water supply we inform the public immediately. ”
“If anyone has any questions or concerns they should contact Irish Water.”
“Irish Water has worked closely with the EPA to identify the public water schemes that need a plan or action to improve their water treatment.”
“We are prioritising our investment in these treatment plants. Providing safe, clean drinking water for all in County Waterford is our first goal.”