RESIDENTS on the Milltown Road, Tuam, hold up empty bottles of water after being alerted by Uisce Eireann of a boil water notice which could last for 15 months. Pictured are John O’Halloran, Matt Melvin, Helen Parsons, Claire O”Halloran, Teresa Dunleavey, Mary Elliffe, Celia Melvin and Fiona O’Reilly, standing in for her brother Fintan Higgins, Front is John Stapleton with his sons Luca and Jude. Photo: Ray Ryan

Boiling Point!

No end in sight for Milltown Road dwellers boiling and buying water

THE RESIDENTS of 19 houses in Tuam have had to buy up to 10 five-litre bottles of water a week for the past month.

The 46 residents of the 19 houses on the Milltown Road were told to start boiling their water with immediate effect when receiving a boil water notice (BWN) on August 3, jointly issued by Uisce Éireann and Galway County Council (following consultation with the HSE).

These residents fear it may be another 14 or 15 months before they are able to use the water in their homes again without having to boil it first.

The leaflets that were dropped into their homes last month said that their water was no longer of sufficient drinking quality “due to the detection of low levels of residual chlorine along with elevated levels of iron in the water supply”…

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