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EPA drinking water report indicates public health could be at risk in some areas due to inadequate disinfection and management systems

20 January 2015

EPA drinking water report indicates public health could be at risk in some areas due to inadequate disinfection and management systems

The latest report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors public drinking water quality in Ireland.  It finds that 99.8 % of samples comply with microbiological limits and 99.5 % of samples comply with chemical limits.  However, currently, over 20,000 people - on 20 public water supplies - are affected by boil water notices.  At the start of 2015 there are 121 ‘at risk’ supplies on the EPA’s Remedial Action List, serving almost 940,000 people and these supplies are the priority for improvement works.  Improvements to disinfection systems, better management of water treatment and more investment in robust and resilient infrastructure is required.  Further water improvements are also required because of recent, more stringent standards for lead.

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