Friday, 18 January 2008

Drinking Water Notice to Remain in Place over Weekend

Bruff Drinking Water Notice To Remain In Place Over Weekend
Co. Limerick, Ireland — 18 Jan. 2008 — County Limerick, 18th January 2008 – A drinking water notice issued earlier this week to parts of Bruff, County Limerick is to remain in place until further notice, Limerick County Council announced today.
Limerick County Council issued the notice last Monday, on the advice of the Health Services Executive (HSE), after low levels of lead were detected in some town centre premises.
However, the results of extensive monitoring carried out during the past week have been encouraging, according to the Water Services Authority.
Mr. Paul Crowe, Director of Services, stated, “At the marginally elevated levels of lead initially detected, there is no recognised health risk attached to short term consumption. The drinking water notice remains in place, however, as a precautionary measure.”
He continued, “Council staff, who will be carrying appropriate ID, will be conducting further tests on the water in Bruff early next week. Limerick County Council is offering to test the water for any premises in the above affected area for traces of lead. The turnaround time for samples will be seven to ten days.”
“In the meantime, however, we ask people in the affected area not to drink water from the main supply while they should also ensure that ice cubes in fridges and freezers are discarded. We would also ask the public to inform the County Council of elderly or disabled residents, who may require special assistance”, added Mr. Crowe.
Mr. Crowe indicated that Limerick County Council would issue a further update next week.

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