Date released: Nov 23 2016, 11:58 PM
‘Significant funding required for waste water treatment if pollution and health risks to be avoided’ says EPA
The EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2015, released today, shows that a substantial and sustained increase in investment in public waste water treatment infrastructure is needed to eliminate discharges of raw sewage, comply with European Union treatment standards and protect our environment and public health from the adverse effects of waste water discharges.
The report demonstrates that Ireland is not spending enough, and not spending quickly enough to deal with the problem. Commenting on the report Mr Gerard O’Leary, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said,
“The pace of resolving waste water treatment needs to improve. It is not acceptable that the timeframe to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage from over 20 areas has slipped by almost 2 years. We need to see increased capital investment and improved efficiencies in the delivery of the outstanding infrastructure necessary to protect our rivers, lakes and coastal waters and for a more sustainable quality of life.”
The EPA identifies the following priorities and calls for resources to be targeted at resolving these issues.
Other key findings:
The discharge of raw sewage from Ardmore, Dunmore East and Ballylongford ceased in 2015 and these areas are now served by modern treatment plants.
Mr David Flynn, Programme Manager of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement commented that;
“EPA analysis has found that better operational practices should resolve issues at one fifth of poorly-performing plants. Irish Water needs to improve the performance of these plants to get the most from the existing infrastructure.”
The report is now available on the EPA Website.
Further information: Niamh Hatchell/ Emily Williamson, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours) or firstname.lastname@example.org