It's good news for the 1,800 customers affected.
Abbeyleix Water Supply has been removed from the 'at risk' list.
Traces of cyptosporidium had been found in the drinking water and it was placed on a Remedial Action list by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2019.
Following extensive investment and upgrade works by Irish Water and Laois County Council, including the installation of new ultraviolet disinfection units and an upgrade of the chlorination system, the water supply to the 1,800 local customers is now deemed up to standard.
The works provide a fully validated treatment barrier for cryptosporidium.
The Clara/Ferbane supply remains on the Remedial Action List, although Irish Water says it's continuing to modernise and improve water treatment processes across the country.
James O’Toole, Asset Operations Lead with Irish Water, says;
“Irish Water is committed to ensuring that all our customers have safe, clean drinking water. This is a significant challenge due to decades of under-investment in our water infrastructure, but we are making steady progress, with an additional 1,800 people in Laois now removed from the Remedial Action List.
“Nationally, the numbers of customers on the list continue to fall. Overall 16 supplies have been removed from the list in the past year, serving a total of 790,000 customers. We are working in partnership with Local Authorities to address issues with the supplies which remain on the list and to bring them to a standard where the EPA determines that they can be removed.”
The presence of a supply on the Remedial Action List does not mean the water is unsafe to drink.
Over 99.7% of supplies remain safe to drink and do not present any risk to health. Where drinking water quality deficiencies are found due to Irish Water’s testing and sampling regime, a Boil Water Notice or Do Not Consume notice may be issued to protect public health.