New water bug outbreak in Co Galway


Residents in the village of Roundstone, Co Galway, say they are extremely concerned after an outbreak of the cryptosporidium parasite in the water supply.

Galway County Council has advised householders to boil all water before drinking it, using it for food preparation or brushing teeth.

The council issued a statement, saying - 'Galway County Council wishes to advise consumers of the Roundstone Public Water Scheme and Inishnee and Errisbeg Group Water Schemes that a recent sample shows the water contains trace elements of cryptosporidium and does not comply with the Drinking Water Standards.

Accordingly, in the interest of public health, it is recommended that all users of the supplies listed above, boil water before use. If you are unsure of the source of your water supply, it is advised to boil your water as precautionary measure'.

Businessman Michael Reynolds said that, while there are only 200 houses in the village, the area attracts up to 8,000 people during the height of the tourist season and there is extreme concern over this latest outbreak.

Roundstone hotel owner, Ann Conneely told RTÉ News she fears the area's tourist industry will be devastated by the latest outbreak. She said there were up to 7,000 people - including a large number of holidaymakers - in the area last weekend and all of them will be faced with major problems throughout the tourist season, unless the problem is resolved immediately.

She added that those involved in the hotel, guesthouse and catering industry in the area were concerned that it could take several months to get a safe water supply for the village. She said that the council must take immediate steps to find a way of bringing a safe water supply to Roundstone and the area affected by the latest water crisis.

Galway County Council's Director of Services, Jim Cullen, said there had been no reports of any illnesses due to the contamination of the water supply. However, he stated that the boil notice had to be put in place because public health considerations had to take priority over any inconvenience which might be caused to householders and business premises.

Mr Cullen added that the village's water supply source was not ideal and the council was planning to upgrade the water plant there with improved filtration. He could not, however, speculate as to how long this work would take, but the council was hoping to have the boil notice lifted before the tourist season began.

Tests are being carried out to try to establish whether the contamination came from human or animal sources.

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