Council advises public to test private drinking wells

Released: 19 August 2008

Kerry County Council’s regular testing programme of drinking water has revealed slightly elevated levels of naturally occurring arsenic in the Rossdohan Group Water Supply.

Tests on the water have shown that the concentration of arsenic slightly exceeds the level permissible under EU Drinking Water Regulations.

Kerry County Council has been communicating with the members of the Tahilla and Rossdohan Group Scheme and with the HSE in relation to the issue, advising them not to use the water for drinking or cooking purposes. The HSE has advised that at these levels it is unlikely to result in any adverse health effects.

However, as the arsenic detected is naturally occurring, coming from the bedrock in the ground, Kerry County Council is advising that people using private wells should have their drinking water tested as a precautionary measure.

Based on the Council’s findings to date, the issue appears to be confined to the Iveragh and Beara peninsulas.

All of Kerry County Council’s public water supplies have been tested, and there is no issue in relation to the public water supply.

Members of the public who are seeking further information, can contact Kerry County Council’s Water Services Department at 066-7183716

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email:

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