Irish Water says an algae could be to blame for issues which have affected the taste and odour of water from the local supply in parts of North Clare.
The utility says it’s currently working to resolve issues affecting Lahinch, Ennistymon, Ballyvaughan, Liscannor, Doolin and Kilfenora where locals have complained of murky water emitting a “mouldy” smell.
A treatment has been added to the supply to rectify the matter, which Irish Water says doesn’t affect drinking water quality, but can leave an earthy taste and odour, and the supply is expected to return to normal over the coming days.
A Lahinch hotelier claims he’s forced to supply his guests with boiled water on account of the issue – Michael Vaughan believes it will impact on the reputation of Clare as a tourist hotspot:
Full Statement from Irish Water:
Irish Water customers in the West Clare area may have experienced some changes in the taste and odour of their water in recent days. We are currently working to resolve these issues which are as a result of the suspected presence of an algae in a local water source. This algae does not affect drinking water quality but it can give an earthy taste and odour to the water.
A treatment has been added to the supply to rectify the matter and the supply is expected to return to normal over the coming days.
In the meantime, Irish Water and Clare County Council will continue to carry out regular sampling of the water to ensure that it is safe to drink.
The areas affected include Lahinch, Ennistymon, Ballyvaughan, Liscannor, Doolin, Kilfenora and surrounding areas.
Any customers with concerns about the quality of their drinking water is being advised contact the Irish Water customer care line at 1850 278 278.