Cryptosporidium forces HSE and Irish Water to impose boil water notice in Sligo

Irish Water has this evening announced that a boil water notice is in effect for a major scheme supplying a large area throughout south and west Sligo affecting about 13,000 people.

The notice is for the Lough Talt Regional Water Supply Scheme and follows the detection of cryptosporidium in treated water coming from the plant.

Seamus Granaghan, regional operations manager for Irish Water, confirmed the boil water notice to Ocean FM News this evening.

He says it’s vital that people adhere to the notice, which calls for water to be boiled for drinking, preparing food, brushing of teeth, and the making of ice.

Cryptosporidium is a parasite found mainly in the faeces of infected animals and humans.

At this time of the year, the risk is heightened due to heavy rainfall and the run-off into Lough Talt.

Mr Granaghan has been telling Ocean FM News what happens now: