Businesses in south Longford shocked at boil water notice

Businesses in south Longford have expressed their shock at a boil water notice which is set to last until early next week.

Irish water confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that over 8,000 customers will be forced to boil water as a result of a failure in the treatment process at the Abbeyshrule Water Treatment Plant.

Over a dozen communities in the south Longford area, stretching from Kenagh from Ballymahon to Edgewothstown are coming to terms this morning with having to buy bottled water , or boiling their tap water if they want to make tea, or brush their teeth.

Irish water announced on Wednesday afternoon that due to an issue in the Abbeyshrule Water Treatment Plant, they issued the alert for the Abbeyshrule Water Treatment Plant.

These employees in n businesses in ballymahon were shocked to hear about the issue.

Water must be boiled for:
” Drinking
” Drinks made with water
” Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating
” Brushing of teeth
” Making of ice – discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.

John O’Donoghue, Regional Operation Manager with Irish Water is hopeful that water tankers will be made available before the long weekend.