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At least 52 people fall ill after unsafe water enters public supply

There have been at least 52 cases of people falling ill after unsafe water entered the public water supply following issues at two water treatment plants last month.

The water treatment centres were Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant in Kildare, which serves a major portion of Dublin, and Creagh Water Treatment Centre in Wexford, which serves Gorey.

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Minister for Local Government Darragh O’Brien was sent a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which detailed how unsafe drinking water was allowed into parts of Dublin city and Gorey.

According to O’Brien, illnesses were detected by the HSE in the Gorey community, with the EPA confirming that 52 people fell ill after consuming the unsafe water. The illnesses associated with the water included bacteria linked to E. coli.

It has been noted that the issues at the two plants have been rectified and that the water is now once again safe to consume.

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Irish Water had investigated an issue that arose at the Creagh Water Treatment Centre on the 26th of August, leading to the consultation of the EPA and the HSE.

However, a boil-water notice was not necessary at this stage as there had been no reported issues at the plant since the 24th of August.

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