Date Published: 30-Mar-2011
Restrictions remain in place for up to 1,500 householders in Connemara whose public water supply was polluted by an oil spillage.
The accidental spillage of home heating oil found its way in to the public water supply of An Cheathrú Rua. According to a spokesman from Galway County Council, recent analysis of samples in the public water distribution networks has shown elevated levels of Petrol Range Organics (a component of home heating oil).
Further sampling and analysis is needed to determine the extent of the problem, he said.
It is suspected by local people that the oil had been leaking from an underground pipe for up to five weeks into a stream going through the village and that it eventually found its way into the water supply.
A Council spokesman said: “Having consulted with HSE West, it is recommended that all customers on the An Cheathrú Rua public water supply and the Camus Screeb Water Supply Scheme should not use tap water for drinking, washing or food preparation until further advised. The number of properties affected by this advice is approximately 1,500. The water can be used for toilet flushing.
“The Council is undertaking measures to prevent any further discharge from the identified pollution source and has also increased the protection of the intake to the water supply. Cleansing of the network and reservoir has commenced and daily sampling analysis will continue. It is not possible to at this stage to say how long it will be necessary to keep the restriction on water use in place but it will be kept to the absolute minimum.”
In the meantime, the Council will continue to provide alternative supplies locally with a particular emphasis on assistance for vulnerable people and locations within the community, he added.
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