Date released: Oct 14 2015, 4:43 PM
The EPA Drinking Water Report 2014, released today, shows a high level of compliance with the microbiological and chemical standards. While this indicates that the majority of our water supplies are safe, further improvements are necessary to improve the security of our supplies and avoid long term boil water notices into the future.
Commenting following the release of the report, Mr. Gerard O’Leary, Director of EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said,
“The number of consumers that are served by water supplies subject to a boil water notice has reduced from over 23,000 consumers to fewer than 6,000 currently. This reduction is due to prioritising investment in key ‘at risk’ supplies in County Roscommon and other vulnerable areas in 2015.
“Despite this welcome, large reduction in boil water notices, Irish Water needs to press ahead now with remedial works on the outstanding 16 public water supplies so that the threat of long-term boil water notices is eliminated.”
David Flynn, Programme Manager of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said,
“The EPA Remedial Action List identifies 112 supplies - serving 770,000 consumers - that are in need of improvement to ensure the safety and security of these supplies. Thirty supplies on the Remedial Action List are in County Kerry alone. Overall, the pace of investment in water treatment must continue to increase so that we eliminate the risk of Cryptosporidium and the risk of long term boil water notices.”
The EPA Drinking Water Report 2014 and the complete list of public water supplies currently on the Remedial Action List (RAL) - including details of the proposed remedial measures and associated timeframes - is available on the EPA website. Infographics explaining the report and public water supplies at risk are also available.
Notes to Editor:
Some key findings of the 2014 report on the 973 public water supplies:
Some key findings of the 2014 report on Private Water Supplies:
The EPA’s priorities for Irish Water are to finalise and implement national strategies to achieve the following key objectives:
List of the 16 supplies currently on Boil Water Notice
|Name of Supply||County||Population Affected|
|Killaraght Public Water Supply||Sligo||128|
|North East Regional||Roscommon||3,908|
|Lough Talt Regional Water Supply||Sligo||78|
|Johnstown South (Arklow)||Wicklow||6|
|North Leitrim Regional||Leitrim||122|