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Third of Irish rivers and a quarter of lakes fail water quality standards

Third of Irish rivers and a quarter of lakes fail water quality standards More than a third of Irish rivers and a quarter of lakes are failing to meet environmental quality standards due to high levels of polluting nitrates and phosphates, according to a new assessment.  The Environmental Protection Agency’s report for 2019 finds that more than a fifth of groundwater, which is a critical source o...
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Algal bloom causing concern for water quality on Lough Sheelin

Algal bloom causing concern for water quality on Lough Sheelin Eamon Ross from the LSTPA is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and Cavan County Council to develop and put in place a co-ordinated nutrient management plan for the lough. Such a plan would take account of all effluent sources including from local waste water treatment plants faciliti...
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Inland Fisheries Ireland Updates ‘Planning for Watercourses in the Urban Environment’ Guidelines

Inland Fisheries Ireland Updates ‘Planning for Watercourses in the Urban Environment’ Guidelines Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has launched an update of its guideline document ‘Planning for Watercourses in the Urban Environment’.  It outlines an integrated watercourse protection strategy that has been developed by IFI through consultation with a wide range of experts in the area. Watercourses i...
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‘Low levels’ of natural substance caused strange taste and smell in Dublin drinking water last month

'Low levels' of natural substance caused strange taste and smell in Dublin drinking water last month Irish Water has revealed that low levels of a naturally occurring substance caused drinking water in parts of Dublin to have an unusual taste and smell last month.  The utility received more than 450 reports of an unnatural odour or taste coming off drinking water from customers across the capital...
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Agriculture regulations are “clearly not functioning” to protect water quality

The recent swimming bans in County Clare indicate that the agriculture regulations to prevent water pollution are “clearly not functioning,” according to An Taisce.  The ban in waters in north and west Clare due to increased bacterial levels is the second of its kind implemented in a fortnight and comes on the heels of heavy rainfall in the area. The increase in rainfall has caused runoff from ...
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Inland Fisheries appeal to farmers to avoid water pollution

Inland Fisheries Ireland has issued an appeal to farmers to remain vigilant during the fertiliser spreading season to avoid water pollution and the loss of nutrients or other chemicals into rivers, lakes and other watercourses. The appeal comes on the back of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s preliminary collation of fish kill data for 2019 which indicate that 20 fish kills were recorded nationally (a...
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EPA warns poorly constructed wells & inadequate monitoring of private water supplies = health risk

A report focusing on the quality of private water supplies in Ireland for 2018 was released today by the EPA. The report found that the quality of drinking water in private supplies, which are mostly sourced from wells, is poorer than that in publicly-sourced supplies. One million people in Ireland get their drinking water from a private supply and many more drink water from private supplies in...
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River water quality is deteriorating, finds EPA

The EPA has published the Water Quality in Ireland Report for the period 2013-2018.  This assessment provides an evaluation of the ecological health of Ireland's rivers, lakes, canals, groundwater, estuaries and coastal waters. The analysis is based on the assessment of biological and environmental data collected from 2,703 surface water bodies and 514 groundwater bodies between 2013 and 2018. Th...
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Draft Social and Environmental Guidance for Water and Sewerage services

A consultation on draft Social and Environmental Guidance for Water and Sewerage Services (2021-27) has opened.  The draft Guidance will influence future water and sewerage investment decisions - it is important that the public has an opportunity to submit their views. The draft Guidance will help inform how water and sewerage services are provided in Northern Ireland from 2021 to 2027 ...
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