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Boil water notice lifted

Irish Water said the notice has been lifted with immediate effect.

Up to 600,000 people were affected by the notice (PA)
Up to 600,000 people were affected by the notice (PA)

By Aine McMahon, PA

The boil water notice for parts of Dublin, Kildare and Meath has been lifted with immediate effect, Irish Water said.

Up to 600,000 people were affected by the notice and were unable to drink tap water in their homes as a result.

A crisis management meeting took place on Friday morning between Irish Water, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) about the issue.

The notice was issued by Irish Water on Tuesday following a technical issue at the Leixlip water treatment plant in Co Kildare.

Irish Water had said around 20% of the water in the greater Dublin area pipe system coming from the Leixlip water treatment plant was contaminated.

The HSE said the untreated water in the system may contain cysts of cryptosporidium and giardia that could cause gastrointestinal infections – with symptoms such as diarrhoea and stomach cramps.

It said anyone who develops such symptoms should contact their GP.

Tests were due to be carried out at various locations in the system throughout the coming days.

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