Boil Water notice remains in place for nearly three months now

The Boil Water notice in south Sligo remains in place now for the eleventh week.

Irish Water is reminding people in the south and west of the county to continue to boil their water after the bacteria cryptosporidium was detected in the supply at the start of February.

Residents and business-owners in south and west Sligo have to continue to boil their water with no sign as of yet that the boil water notice will be lifted.

The last set of results issued last month continued to show the presence of the bacteria cryptosporidium in the water supply.

Irish Water says that weekly sampling is continuing until the end of April after which time all results will be reviewed.

The HSE has confirmed that to date there have been no reported cases of illness in the community.

Meanwhile, Irish Water is contiunuing to work with Sligo County Council to submit an planning application for an urgent upgrade to the Lough Talt Water Treatment plant which is the source of the outbreak.

The areas affected by the notice include the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a large rural hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Bellaghy, Bunnanaddan, Curry, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Carroweden, Kilmacteige, Quarryfield and Coolaney.

It also includes homes supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme (GWS) in Co Sligo and Cloontia, Doocastle, and the Moylough Group Water Scheme in county Mayo.