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Thurles Consumers Angry Over Failure To Explain Two Week Old Boil Water Notice.

Why Should Thurles Consumers Be Concerned?

Almost two weeks on and Uisce Eireann (Irish Water) has confirmed that it cannot give a conclusive date with regards to the lifting of the Thurles Regional Boil Water Notice*.
[*Note: Three consecutive days of satisfactory results are required before the notice can be lifted.]

The Thurles Regional Public Water Scheme Boil Water Notice was publicly announced first on July 14th last and impacts on some 12,000 consumers. Irish Water have confirmed that work remains ongoing in their efforts to resolve the current issue, which necessitated this unexplained Boil Water Notice.

While Thurles consumers wait for an explanation as to what has caused this Boil Water Notice; last weekend anxious consumers, especially those with very young children, found themselves unable to purchase 5L size bottles of water from local outlets and were forced to instead purchase the more expensive 750ml small bottles.
This issue in supermarkets has now been corrected and this morning 5L bottles of ishka (manufactured next door in Co. Limerick) have appeared on the shelves. Consumers however are advised to shop early in the morning to ensure supply.

Meanwhile, elderly people with no availability to social media, have continued and in some cases are still continuing to use the non-boiled water, unaware of the Boil Water Notices currently being in place.
Note: No leaflets were posted through letterboxes warning of this serious issue and no alternative supply was put in place.

Meanwhile, Irish Water has stated that it greatly regrets any inconvenience caused to the individual homes and businesses in the Thurles community.

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