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96% of bathing areas meet cleanliness standards – EPA

96% of bathing areas meet cleanliness standards - EPA Bathing water quality improved in 2020 compared to the previous year with 96% of bathing areas meeting or exceeding the minimum standard for cleanliness, according to the latest annual report from the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has called on Irish Water to make "improvements" in urban wastewater systems in an attempt to cut ...
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EPA commences examination of Waste Water Discharge Licences (WWDLs).

EPA commences examination of Waste Water Discharge Licences (WWDLs). In line with the requirements of the European Union (Waste Water Discharge) Regulations 2007 to 2020, the EPA has commenced an examination of Waste Water Discharge Licences (WWDLs).  The purpose of the WWDL examinations is to ensure that the authorisations satisfy the relevant environmental requirements of the European Union (Wa...
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Delays in Wastewater Treatment Systems prolong risk to Environment – EPA Report

Delays in Wastewater Treatment Systems prolong risk to Environment - EPA Report The EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2019, released on 12th November, highlights that delays in upgrading treatment systems around the country are prolonging risks to the environment and public health.  Some improvements in performance were evident in the past year, with the removal of the raw sewage disch...
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How Modern Wastewater Treatment Changed our World

How Modern Wastewater Treatment Changed our World Wastewater treatment is often an overlooked necessity of civilization. Without proper sewer systems, wastewater treatment plants, and overall regulation, our cities would be ripe with disease and human waste everywhere. Believe it or not, much of the modern wastewater management technology we consider standard in any 21st century home, things ...
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Sewage released daily into Irish waterways without treatment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned that repeated delays in the elimination of raw sewage are unacceptable and that these delays pose a risk to the Irish environment and public health.  The EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2018 has shown that the waste water treatment in 21 of Ireland’s 169 large towns and cities - including Dublin and Cork - did not meet the national ...
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New challenges facing Europe’s waste water treatment plants

More investment is needed to make urban waste water treatment plants fit to meet the difficult challenges posed by the impacts of climate change, as well as the presence of antibiotics and other micro-pollutants in waste water, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing published last week. Much has already been done in recent decades to improve waste water treatment, according to ...
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Cleaning pollutants from water with pollen and spores

In addition to their role in plant fertilization and reproduction, pollens and spores have another, hidden talent: With a simple treatment, these cheap, abundant and renewable grains can be converted into tiny sponge-like particles that can grab on to pollutants and remove them from water, scientists report. Even better, these treated particles don't trigger allergies. The researchers will present...
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Irish Water propose dewatering facilities upgrade at its Beleek WasteWater Treatment Plant

Senator Michelle Mulherin has challenged Irish Water to come clean on its plans for its Ballina Waste Water Treatment plant at Belleek amid concerns in the town that there are moves underway to develop the site as a sludge hub for Mayo. Following a meeting between Irish Water and public representatives in Ballina on Monday, Senator Mulherin said there were still a lot of unanswered questions even...
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Nitrate pollution concerns halt housebuilding in UK

Five local authorities in the Solent area have put a hold on determining planning applications for new housing as a result of advice from Natural England about nitrate pollution. Following two rulings by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the ‘Dutch Case’ (C-293/17 and C-294/17) and ‘People Over Wind’ (C-323/17), Natural England has advised local planning authorities in the Solent area...
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Billions of litres of untreated water overflows at Ringsend wastewater plant

Untreated wastewater has overflowed into Dublin Bay from the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) more than 100 times since the beginning of 2015.  Figures seen by TheJournal.ie show that billions of litres of untreated waste water have overflowed from the plant into the Liffey estuary in recent years, sparking concerns from politicians and environmental groups. The overflows include the di...
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