Tuesday 25 October 2016

Safety fears over water at children's hospital

Concerns were raised about the levels of chlorine in the water
Concerns were raised about the levels of chlorine in the water

Three departments in Dublin's Temple Street Children's Hospital were without drinking water after elevated chlorine levels were found in its supply.

Chlorine is used to disinfect drinking water and cuts water-borne diseases - but there are concerns about its potential side-effects at high levels.

Yesterday, the affected areas of the hospital were relying on bottled water.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said it was experiencing some issues with the water supply.

"As a precaution, staff have been advised not to use the water from the main supplies for human consumption until further notice.


"The hospital can confirm that following an inspection carried out by its water management provider that elevated chlorine levels have been found in one main water supply to the hospital."

The spokeswoman said it did not affect their ability to serve meals to its young patients, staff and visitors.

"The hospital can confirm that the food production areas are reading normally.

"Bottled water has been made available for use in clinical areas."

She added that Irish Water and Dublin City Council were working in conjunction with Temple Street Hospital to resolve the issue.

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