A boil water notice has been issued for areas served by the Mid Galway Public Water Supply Scheme, due to contaminated water deemed unsafe to consume.
Irish Water and Galway County Council have issued the notice on the advice of the Health Service Executive.
Water must be boiled for drinking, drinks made with water, preparing washed-foods like salads and vegetables and any foods not cooked prior to eating, brushing teeth, and making ice. Ice already in the freezer should be discarded.
Bringing the water to a vigorous, rolling boil and allowing it to cool will ensure that the water is safe to drink. It should then be completely covered and stored somewhere cool.
Baby food should be prepared with tap water that has been boiled once and then allowed to cool.
If bottled water is used for the preparation of infant feeds it should be boiled once and cooled to be absolutely sure. Parents should note that some natural mineral water may have high sodium content.
It is safe to use water for bathing and flushing toilets.
For advice on water preparation, as issued by Irish Water, click here.