The Government has agreed that Level 5 (with some amendments) as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will continue to apply nationally until July 5th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is a continued need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings have reopened to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect since Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Drinking Water Quality

Irish Water is responsible for managing and delivering water services to homes and businesses served by Public Water Supplies and Wastewater Agglomerations.  For further information or to report an issue with:

  • Water Supply
  • Water Quality
  • Wastewater

Please contact Irish Water by either of the following:


Twitter:  @IrishWater

Telephone:  1890 278 278

Minicom:  1890 378 378 (For hearing impaired customers with minicom equipment)

Postal Address:  Irish Water,  PO Box 860, South City Delivery Office, Cork City

Irish Water - Public Water Supplies


Please click on the link below for Drinking Water Quality Data Summary




For further information please contact Irish Water on:

1850 278 278

Small Private Supplies

Small Private Supplies, involved in the provision of water to the public, are legally obliged to have Water Quality tests undertaken, outlined in S.I. 278 – Drinking Water Regulations (2007).

What types of tests are required?

Compliance monitoring:

Two different types of tests are required, measuring a range of parameters. These tests are titled ‘check’ (a ‘check’ comprises some  ‘microbiological’, ‘indicator’ and ‘chemical’ parameters) and ‘audit’. (‘Audit’ comprises all parameters from the Microbiological, Chemical and Indicatory categories covered in the 2007 Drinking Water Regulations). Frequency for both categories is based on volume used per day/consumers on the supply.  Data from this category is returned to the EPA on an annual basis and forms part of the annual drinking water returns from Offaly County Council.

Operational Monitoring:

This category comprises E.coli, Coliform Bacteria and Clostridium perfringens and can change pending changes in water quality. Results are used to assess water treatment and will demonstrate if chlorine dosing is being managed effectively. Results from this category will not be returned to the EPA.

 For further information please refer to the documents below:

2014 Drinking Water Regulations.pdf (size 355 KB)

2017 Drinking Water Regulations.pdf (size 216.6 KB)

Focus on Private Water Supplies 2018.pdf (size 3.3 MB)

SPS Q and A Final.pdf (size 122.4 KB)