Water Quality in 2019 - an indicators report

Summary: This report provides an update on the quality of water in Ireland’s rivers, lakes, transitional and coastal waters and groundwater using information collected in 2019.

Published: 2020

ISBN: 978-1-84095-965-9

Pages: 30

Filesize: 9,593KB

Format: pdf

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This report provides an update on the quality of water in Ireland’s rivers, lakes, transitional and coastal waters and groundwater using information collected in 2019.

Water quality monitoring in Ireland is carried out under the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The EPA undertakes a full assessment of water quality in Ireland every three years and we report on the indicators of water quality in the intervening years. These indicators provide an update on the biological quality of our rivers and lakes and the nutrient concentrations in all the water categories. We also include information on the input of nutrients to our marine environment. Each indicator presents the current situation and where possible details of any recent changes or trends.

 

The indicators are:

 

1. River biological quality

2. Nitrate in rivers

3. Phosphate in rivers

4. Lake biological quality

5. Total phosphorus in lakes

6. Nitrogen in estuaries and coastal waters

7. Phosphate in estuaries and coastal waters

8. Nutrient inputs to the marine environment

9. Nitrate in groundwater

10. Phosphate in groundwater