Burncourt in County Tipperary, is among 17 areas across the country currently on a boil water notice, listed in a report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week. One-hundred and seventy-eight people are affected by the boil water notice in Burncourt.

Gerard O’Leary, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement, said investment is needed to prevent these restrictions.

“So far this year, 86,000 people have had to boil their water to make it safe. This is more than twice as many as last year. Without investment to address the deficiencies in the supplies on the EPA’s Remedial Action List, this type of water restriction will continue to occur,” said Mr O’Leary.

A boil water notice is issued to the public by Irish Water and the HSE advising that water must be boiled before being consumed. Thirty-five boil water notices were in place during 2015 for part or all of the year, affecting nearly 40,000 people.

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