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Boil Water Notice - new (4.30pm, 26/11/09)


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In anticipation of the return of mains water on a phased basis, Cork City Council, in consultation with the HSE,  is now issuing a Boil Water Notice covering mains water supplied by Cork City Council to all areas north on the River Lee – North Channel.

MAP of areas covered by the Boil Water Notice  (click link below)

Cork City Boil Water Area Map

It is therefore advised that all mains supplies in the detailed area 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).

·                 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.

·                 Washing of cooking utensils, dishes and crockery



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 the 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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