According to an RTE news report on October 5th, an estimated 2,500 customers in Rathkeale town and also the Kilcolman area are affected by a “Do Not Drink” water advisory from Irish Water. Customers and users of the public water supply in Rathkeale, have been advised not to drink the water or use it to prepare food or brush their teeth with it. The precautionary notice was issued by Irish Water after advise from the HSE and Limerick County Council where tests showed the Rathkeale public water supply had high levels of turbidity.
Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness or haziness of water supplies and is caused by particles of dirt or suspended solids such as sediment and grit. The turbidity in water can look unsightly and could leave a sediment residue in household plumbing systems, bathtubs, sinks, plumbing fixtures and appliances.
As a tempory measure, supplies of bottled water are being made available at Rathkeale Church car park in the town, while Irish Water is working to correct the problem, which could take a number of days to fix. Read more..