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Restoration of mains water continues – new (12:30pm Sun 29/11/09)


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Cork City Council is pleased to confirm that mains water supply is today being progressively restored and to the remaining high areas north of the River Lee. It is hoped that this will be completed over the next 24 hours.

Emergency drinking and sanitary water points will be removed as supplies are restored.


As the supply of piped water returns on a phased basis, Cork City Council, in consultation with the HSE,  has issued a Boil Water Notice covering mains water supplied by Cork City Council to all areas north on the River Lee – North Channel. It is advised that all mains supplies in this area of the city should be boiled before use.

 Only boiled water should be used for:

  • Drinking
  • Drinks made with water
  • Food preparation
  • Brushing of teeth
  • Making of ice
  • Preparation of baby feeds (bottled water should not be used to prepare baby feeds unless it is stated clearly on the bottle that it is safe to do so).
  • Washing of cooking utensils, dishes and crockery

General Information

  • Bring water to a rolling boil (e.g. as with an automatic kettle) and allow to cool
  • Cover water and store in a refrigerator or cold place
  • Water from the hot tap is not safe to drink
  • Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink
  • Discard ice cubes/ filtered water from fridges/ freezers. Make ice from cooled boiled water
  • Unboiled water can be used for personal hygiene (except brushing teeth and gargling), bathing and flushing toilets. Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure they do not ingest the water. It is safer to use boiled and subsequently cooled water for the bathing of infants.
  • Only cooled boiled water should be used in the preparation of salads, fruit and vegetables especially where they are not cooked prior to eating.
  • Water dispensers which are fed from a mains supply should not be used as a source of drinking water.


The Boil Water Notice is precautionary and will remain in place until such time as Cork City Council is satisfied and has verified that all mains supplies are free from risk of contamination.

It is hoped that the ongoing works at the Water Treatment Plant and on the 600km network will enable the council to restore supplies to the remaining areas south of the River Lee early in the coming week.

Emergency drinking and sanitary points remain in the area until supplies are fully restored.


Valerie O’Sullivan,
Director of Emergency Services,
Cork City Council,
City Hall,

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