The disruption caused by the boil water notice issued for the south Longford area yesterday afternoon will cost small businesses for as long as it remains.
That’s according to local businessman Pauric Connolly who is involved in the hospitality and retail business in Kenagh and Ballymahon.
He says a water outage in the Kenagh area seriously affected the business in recent weeks, and this boil notice means they have to buy in water to be able to offer to their customers, and use extra power every evening to have water to prepare food with.
Pauric Connolly says all of the costs do add up for a small business and he hopes the notice will be lifted early next week…
Meanwhile, Irish Water has said discolourisation of water in some parts of Ballymahon and surrounding areas in recent days has nothing got to do with the reason behind the boil water notice.
Regional operations manager John O’ Donoghue says the discolouration was an issue with the pipe network and not the actual treatment plant at Abbeyshrule.
He maintains most people wouldn’t actually notice any change in the water after the failure at the treatment plant…