A boil water notice has been issued this evening for the Lough Talt Regional Water Supply scheme, following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant.

About 13,000 people are affected in the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, and the hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Curry, Charlestown, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Carroweden, Kilmacteigue and Coolaney.

Irish Water says public health is their number one priority, and it’s imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice.

The cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant was detected after a routine test, and Irish Water says they will be carrying out weekly sampling at multiple sites in the scheme with a view to getting the boil notice lifted, if there are sufficient clear samples over a number of weeks.

Water must be boiled for drinking, preparing salads and similar uncooked foods, brushing teeth and making ice.

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