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Restoration of water supply (southside) - new (12noon, Weds 2/12/09)

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Cork City Council continues to restore mains water supply to households affected by the consequences of the recent flooding event in Cork city.

Affected households north of the River Lee – North Channel have had their supply restored, however there are some small areas still affected on which work is continuing.

A number of areas on the southside of the city are without water or are experiencing intermittent supply or low pressure.  These areas include:

Barrack Street

Bandon Road

Tower Street

High Street

Bandon Road

…….and surrounding areas

Blackrock Road/Ballintemple

Boreenmanna Road

Ballinlough Road

…….and surrounding areas

Cork City Council is working continuously to restore full normal supplies as quickly as possible.

The City Council advises consumers who do not have a clean mains water supply at a steady pressure that they should not use washing machines, dishwashers, pumped showers etc.


Boil Water Area Map for city and adjacent county areas 

Cork City Boil Water Area Map

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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