Date released: Dec 12 2014, 12:00 AM
Discharge of raw and inadequately treated sewage impacts on the environment, including popular bathing waters.
The EPA Urban Waste Water Report 2013, released today, shows that significant improvement is needed in the infrastructure and management of waste water from Ireland’s towns and villages. Commenting on the report Mr. Gerard O’Leary, Director of EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said,
“Ireland adopted the European Directive on urban waste-water treatment 20 years ago. The roadmap laid out in this was intended to protect the environment from the adverse effects of sewage. The 38 urban centres that fail to meet the required standard place the health of people and the environment at risk. The reasons for the failures range from, in some instances a complete absence of infrastructure to treat sewage, in others, inadequate infrastructure, and in further instances, poor management and operation of infrastructure.”
Some key findings of the report on infrastructure:
Some key findings on the management and operation of plants:
And some key findings in relation to the receiving environment:
Mr. David Flynn, Programme Manager, EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement added that Irish Water inherited a system suffering from a legacy of under-investment.
“The priorities for Irish Water are to eliminate raw sewage discharges, reduce the pollution impact of sewage and improve the performance of existing wastewater infrastructure.”
The report is now available to download, EPA Urban Waste Water Report 2013.