Offaly areas need improvements to water treatment processes

Offaly areas need improvements to water treatment processes”

In a savage indictment of the management of the water infrastructure over the past few decades, the EPA highlighted a litany of shortcomings, most seriously that raw sewage still enters the environment untreated each day in 44 urban locations.

Waste water is one of the principal threats to water quality in Ireland and the has EPA identified the following as the priority areas where resources need to be targeted to bring environmental improvements.

The EPA Urban Waste Water Treatment report for 2016, said that 135 of 185 large urban areas complied with legally binding standards in 2016.

A number of Offaly area have been named on an EPA report as requiring improvements in their water treatment and supply network.

No where in Kilkenny was among those towns and cities. "As all wastewater is not treated, the area is deemed to fail the Directive's secondary treatment requirements, and where applicable, the more stringent treatment requirements".

The EPA report recommended a number ways of resolving such non-compliance and improving the areas like Tullamore and Kilcormac where water treatment could be optimised for the benefit of the environment.

Changes need to be made to protect human health.

This includes Dublin, which needs a major upgrade of Ringsend treatment plant. Counties Cork and Donegal account for almost half of these areas. These areas are Youghal, Belmullet, Rush, Bundoran and Killybegs. This means that some of the wastewater is not conveyed to the treatment plant. Nearly one quarter of these are in Counties Donegal and Galway. These 50 areas account for nearly two thirds of the national waste water load collected in all large urban areas.

Listen to the Making Waves podcast about pollution at Doldrum bay and the efforts of locals to gain awareness for the long-standing problem.

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