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Cork City Council & HSE undertake water sampling programme – new (11am,Tues 1/12/09)


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Cork City Council wishes to advise the media and the public that the roll-out of mains water supply is now nearing completion

The City Council, in junction with the HSE, is currently undertaking an extensive water sampling programme in affected areas.  This involves City Council and HSE staff calling to domestic and commercial properties to take tap water samples.

The public are advised that all staff have appropriate identification.

*Access should only be allowed on presentation of Cork City Council or HSE ID Cards*

If householders are unsure, please ring FREEFONE 1800 283 034 for confirmation of names.

The water samples are being taken during daytime working hours only.




Cork City Boil Water Area Map

Boil Water Area Map for city and adjacent county areas


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, including those areas outside the city boundary as detailed on attached map, 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.



Valerie O’Sullivan,

Director of Emergency Services,

Cork City Council,

City Hall,















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