Sept. 3, 2016, 9:19 a.m.
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A BOIL WATER notice has been issued for parts of Mayo because of contamination by cryptosporidium.The notice is being put in place in at least 10 towns and their surrounding areas. Included in the notice are Castlebar, Claremorris and parts of Westport.It is estimated that up to 50,000 people could be affected because of the contamination of the Lough Mask regional water supply schemeThe decision to issue the boil water notice was taken by Mayo County Council after consultation with Irish Water and the Health Service Executive.Map of area affected by Lough Mask Boil Water Notice— Mayo County Council (@MayoCoCo) September 2, 2016
Source: Mayo County Council/TwitterMap of area affected by Lough Mask Boil Water Notice notice means that water must first be boiled before drinking, food preparation or the the brushing of teeth.The parasite cryptosporidium can cause gastrointestinal problems including diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and nausea.