Most of Clontarf water now passes drinking standards

Fri, Aug 10, 2012, 01:00

Test results on drinking water in Clontarf, Dublin, now meet safe drinking standards with the exception of one area, according to the local authority. More than a thousand residents were warned not to drink water from their taps earlier this week due to the detection of high levels of bacteria.

Dublin City Council said all test results yesterday were “fully compliant” – with the exception of Castle Avenue. “Restrictions will remain in place pending review of these investigations [at Castle Avenue],” the council said.

It said it recognised the inconvenience the restrictions had caused and apologised. “We are already very appreciative of the residents’ forbearance and for their courtesy and support for our tanker crews and water service staff as they work to resolve the problem.”

The problem arose last Thursday when routine testing by the central laboratory indicated high levels of bacteria in 16 houses. Further sampling later indicated the contamination might have spread to 1,400 houses. Tests have ruled out the presence of E.coli or metals such as lead, while there have been no reports of ill-health as a result of drinking the water.