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03rd Aug 2023

Boil water notice issued as 100,000 households impacted

Ellen Fitzpatrick

A boil water notice has been issued and is in place for around 100,000 households and businesses.

The notice is in effect across seven different local authorities following a dispute with water workers.

Waterford, Tipperary and Cork are affected by the notices as 17 water treatment plants are being picketed by workers.

The strike is set to run until Friday night.

This comes after Unite members voted to reject the ‘Framework for the Future Delivery of Water Services’ document which was put forward by the Workplace Relations Commission last year.

“The dispute centres on the failure of the local authorities and their representative association, the LGMA, to engage with Unite concerning what the union believes to be shortcomings in the framework document,” Unite said in a recent statement.

Tom Cuddy, Head of Operations for Uisce Éireann said: “This dispute is not with Uisce Éireann and is outside our control but will impact on our customers. We have stood up our incident management team and are working closely with management in the local authorities to ensure that contingency plans are in place to minimise and manage disruptions to water and wastewater services.

“To protect public health, we have put a number of areas in Waterford and Tipperary on Boil Water Notices from midnight Tuesday 1 August and Glashaboy in Cork from midnight Thursday. There will also be a risk of disruption to water services in three other local authorities, in particular the speed of response to bursts and leaks.”