FOLLOWING advice from the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Mayo County Council have issued a boil water notice for the area supplied by the Clare Island public water supply to protect approximately 165 people following a recent drinking water quality test.
The notice has been put in place due to the detection of cryptosporidium in the Clare Island public water supply.
Cryptosporidium is a tiny parasite found in human and animal waste. If it is swallowed (ingested), it can cause a disease called cryptosporidiosis. The symptoms of cryptosporidiosis include fever, stomach upset, weight loss and diarrhoea.
Cryptosporidium may be found in water if it has been contaminated or if there has been a problem with water treatment.