Date released: Nov 24 2015, 10:15 AM
The EPA Urban Waste Water Treatment Report for 2014, released today, highlights the need for investment in waste water infrastructure to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage from urban areas and to meet European Union standards intended to prevent the adverse environmental and public health effects associated with sewage.
Commenting on the report Mr Gerard O’Leary, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said,
“Sewage discharges continue to impact on our environment with counties Cork, Donegal and Galway the worst affected areas. A reversal of the decline in capital expenditure seen in recent years is needed to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage from our environment and allow Ireland to meet EU standards."
Some key findings of the report on infrastructure and effluent quality:
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 of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement commented that,
“As well as investing in capital works, the operation and management of existing waste water plants needs to improve. Audits of sewage plants undertaken by the EPA had found in some cases inadequate maintenance and operation of plant and equipment.”
Concluding Mr Flynn said that,
“One fifth of all pollution incidents at sewage plants could be prevented by better management and operation of treatment plants.”
The report is now available on the EPA Website.
The full press release is available on our desktop site.
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