A boil water notice impacting over 25,000 people on the Wexford town public water supply could remain in place until the middle of next week.
Wexford County Council and Irish Water made the decision to implement the boil water notice with immediate effect on Wednesday evening, after samples taken from the Newtown Road Treatment Plant in town showed a detection of Giardia.
An emergency consultation with the HSE followed and the local authority took the decision to implement a boil water notice for an area covering the vast majority of Wexford town and right out as far as Taghmon.
The authorities say that they took the action “to protect the health of consumers” across Wexford. The consumption of water containing Giardia can cause diarrhoea, extreme abdominal cramps and gas. It is unclear if there’s been any official reports of people ill as a result of consuming the water, however, a few posted on social media complaining of these types of symptoms.