A Do Not Consume Notice is in effect for all consumers on the Achill Water Supply Scheme.
Irish Water issued the notice due to elevated levels of aluminium and turbidity or cloudiness in the water supply following consultation with the HSE.
The notice applies to 2400 residents and all of the visitors to Achill supplied by the Achill Public Water Supply Scheme and the - Slievemore 1, Doogort 2, Dooinver, Dooega and Saile Group Water Schemes.
It is especially important that mains drinking water is not given to bottle fed infants.
This is not a Boil Water Notice as boiling water will not reduce aluminium and turbidity levels and is therefore not a suitable measure to make the water safe to consume.
Mayo County Council are currently mobilising water tankers to Achill Island to provide an alternative water supply to customers at the following locations.
Achill Water Tanker locations
1.Alice's, Achill Sound 2.House of Prayer, Achill Sound 3. Ted Lavelles, Cashel
4. Barrett's costcutter, Keek 5. Gieltys, Dooega 6. Valley National School
7. Mastersons bar Doogort 8. Doogort camp site 9. Corraun Community centre
10. Tonragee National School 11. Saile National school 12. Pattens bar Derreens
13. Lavelles bar Dooega 14. Bunnacurry National school 15. Dookinella National school 16. Dooinver National school
Customers are reminded to use their own containers when taking water from the tankers and to boil water before consumption as a precautionary measure.
Bottled water is being arranged for delivery to vulnerable customers.
The water is safe to use for handwashing and personal hygiene and customers on this water supply scheme are urged to continue following public health advice at this time.
Irish Water drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Mayo County Council to resolve this situation as soon as possible.
Ger Greally, Operations Lead in Irish Water said, “We would ask vulnerable customers who have concerns to contact our customer care team on 1850 278 278.