Algae Bloom Affects Clare Water Supply


About 1800 Clare residents have been affected by a drinking water ban. People who live in Corofin in Co Clare have been advised to stop drinking their tap water due to the presence of algae in the water which is sourced from Inchiquin Lake.

The hard hit customers are those who get their water supply from Ruan Public-Water Supply. The high algae levels which have been reported follows length periods of dry weather reduced water levels in the lake and improved temperatures.

Residents have been notified that the water was unsafe until at a time when they are notified. However, the water can be used for laundry as well as for flushing toilets.

Farmers and other persons who live around Lake Inchiquin have been advised to avoid bathing in the water or allow animals get into the water.


In other related news, the availability of huge water supply in Tippecanoe County has had a great positive impact on the economy.

“Lafayette’s Tippecanoe County has struck it super rich when it comes to matters of water resources,” said Kerry Smoth, the city’s water works superintendent.

It’s a gold mine, the next gold and we are very fortunate to be sitting on such huge water volumes. He said that the reason the area is sitting on a lot of water is because of the existence of ancient aquifers.

Up to 22 million gallons of water can be pulled out of the area daily.

The Teays-River Valley-Aquiver covers a long stretch from Virginia all the way to Missouri. The widest part of the aquiver is six miles wide and runs through-Tippecanoe County.

The available wells can supply more than twice the volume of water which is required per day, therefore offering enough amount of water for the consumers. This also makes the area an attraction for businesses.

“Most of the industries we have in the county use water not only for its processes, but also for fire protection,” says smith, a factory owner.

But there is enough room for other manufacturing or processing industries to tap into the water supply and use it for their benefit.

“As far as enterprises depend on water to run their various processes, we can provide them with an enough amount,” Smith said.

He further said that the county still has an underdeveloped field which has the capacity to pump up to eight million gallons daily, therefore keeping Lafayette a competitive location for most businesses.

Smith added that the area is much better than other places that can hardly pull up enough water to sustain their current activities.

But according to Smith, the city has a legal mandate to disinfect its water and has protection plans in place which helps to ensure that water remains safe.

However, the city has more control regarding water pollutants at the source. Since the water is pumped from underground aquiver, the city has more control of it.

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