Important Information Notice




Boil Water Notice                                                       Date:  14/01/14



Irish Water and Cork County Council wish to advise consumers that the water supply served by Sherkin Island Water Supply Scheme is turned off due to a break in the rising main supply from the mainland.


Cork County Council have engaged the services of a diving team. Weather conditions are not suitable today (14/01/14) and it is planned to carry out this repair tomorrow (15/01/14) weather permitting.


A tanker of drinking water will be maintained at Farranacoush for the use of consumers as an emergency supply. On the advice of the Health Service Executive and as a precautionary measure, a boil water notice is being issued for both the tanker supply and the mains supply when restored.  Accordingly, in the interest of public health, it is recommended that all users at Sherkin Island boil the water before use.


  • Water must be boiled for:

–   Drinking

–   Drinks made with water

–   Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating

–   Brushing of teeth

–   Making of ice


  • Water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for brushing teeth or gargling.


  • Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil and allow to cool.  Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place.


  • Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water.


  • Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges.  Make ice from cooled boiled water.


  • Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing salads).


  • Prepare infant feeds with water that has been brought to the boil once and cooled.  Do not use water that has been reboiled several times.  If bottled water is used for the preparation of infant feeds it should be boiled once and cooled.  If you are using bottled water for preparing baby food, be aware that some natural mineral water may have high sodium content.  The legal limit for sodium in drinking water is 200mg per litre.  Check the label on the bottled water to make sure the sodium or `Na’ is not greater than 200mg per litre.  If it is, then it is advisable to use a different type of bottled water.  If no other water is available, then use this water for as short a time as possible.  It is important to keep babies hydrated.


  • Anyone suffering from diarrhoea (i.e. 3 or more loose bowel motions in a 24 hour period) for more than two days should contact their general practitioner and provide a stool sample for testing.  They should continue to drink plenty of boiled or bottled water.



Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.


How long before the boil water notice can be lifted?

The boil water notice will remain in place until the HSE advise that it can be lifted. A further leaflet drop will be provided to all properties.


How will we keep you informed?

Leaflet drops to all properties

Community Worker for Sherkin Island text alert

Telephone No. _021 4285353_____________



Remember to boil water as advised until further notice.




Areas Affected


Consumers on Sherkin Island Water Supply Scheme

This notice does not apply to other areas and water schemes in Co. Cork




Director of Services,

Cork County Council.