Drinking Water Supplies Around Ireland At Risk Of Crytosporidium Infection

Drinking Water Supplies Around Ireland At Risk Of Crytosporidium Infection”

The Environmental Protection Agency says more than 99 per cent of drinking water samples complied with safety standards a year ago.

25 lack adequate treatment to prevent Cryptosporidium - a parasite found in human and animal waste.

26,905 people in Letterkenny, Donegal are included in the areas affected by these supplies.

There are over 62,000 people in Killarney and Tralee and almost 20,000 people in Portlaoise that are under threat of contracting the illness from the parasite.

And 12,823 people are drinking inadequately-treated water in parts of Sligo served by the Lough Talt supply.

Mr Page said: "It's really down to the way pesticides are being used".

Pesticide products should not be present in drinking water and the Drinking Water Regulations set specific standards. "A very, very small amount". Improvements on these water lines should have been completed in 2013.

The Environmental Protection Agency has said that 25 supplies to homes, schools, hospitals and businesses in Ireland are not equipped to deal with the cryptosporidium bug. "Even in an empty container, the drops of pesticides in it are enough to contaminate a water supply".

"That means the water is taken straight from a river or lake and there's no filtration on the supply, chlorine is added and that's it". That's our highest priority.

Nearly 10% of Ireland's public water supplies, are at risk of contamination according to the Environmental Protection Agency's Drinking Water Report.

Four thousand fewer people were on boil water notices at the end of 2016 compared with 2015.

The EPA says remedial action is needed at 87 separate "at risk" sources to safeguard water quality for 700,000 people.

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