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HSE South provides updated advice to food premises in Cork city NEW ( 12.45 p.m. Mon 30/11/2009)


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The HSE South’s Environmental Health Department has today (Monday, 30th November 2009) issued updated advice to food premises including restaurants, hotels, bars, pubs and sports venues in Cork City, following confirmation from Cork City Council that mains water supply is being progressively restored on a phased basis to all areas north of the River Lee, since yesterday.


The advice offers what precautions should be taken for food preparation and water consumption including ice-making and the sanitation of work surfaces.


North Lee Principal Environmental Health Officer with HSE South, Miriam Cashell, said, “We’re asking food premises to be vigilant in relation to the boil water notice and if anyone is in any doubt, to contact the HSE South’s North Lee Environmental Health Office on Tel. 021-4921801 for assistance.”

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. This includes areas outside the city boundary as detailed on a map on the Cork City Council website at:

Boil Water Area Map for city and adjacent county areas

The following precautions should be taken: 

All water for the purposes of food preparation and consumption should be brought to a boil and then allowed to cool before using. Only water which has been boiled or bottled water should be used for washing, cooking and making ice.

Please remember the following important points:

·         Bottled water should preferably be used for food preparation.

·         Otherwise any water from the mains supply intended for use for direct drinking purposes must be boiled before use.  After the water is boiled and unless it is to be used immediately it must be kept in suitable clean containers and protected from risk of contamination.

·         Ice must only be made from bottled or boiled water.

·         Equipment, worktops, chopping boards, or other surfaces that come into direct or indirect contact with food must be cleaned and sanitised using boiled or bottled water.

·         Crockery, cutlery and other such equipment can be washed using a dishwasher or double bowled sink where the rinse water is at least 82 degrees Centigrade.

·         Suitable antibacterial soap or hand sanitizer must be used for the washing of hands at all wash hand basins in the premises including those for customer use.

·         Drinking water fountains/cold drink dispensers which are supplied directly by mains water should not be used while the Boil Water Notice is in force.

The Cork City Council Boil Water Notice will remain in place until such time as the City Council, in consultation with the HSE South, is satisfied to lift it.

For more information contact the National Communications Unit, HSE South on Tel. 021-4923733/6 or email.

Christine Eckersley Area Communications Manager Health Service Executive - South   Tel. 021-492-3776

Mob. 087-9124440                     




Valerie O’Sullivan,

Director of Emergency Services,

Cork City Council,

City Hall,




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