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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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Blue Dot project will improve the environment and its water quality

A five-year pilot project recently launched under the IRD Duhallow rural development group will develop a farmer-focused approach to simultaneously supporting local agriculture and enhancing the freshwater environment. Working closely with farmers in the North Cork catchments of the Rivers Allow, Dalua and Owenanare - which are home to a variety of rare and protected species, including otter, salm...
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New International Standard for water efficiency

While some parts of the world are ‘flush’ with freshwater, others face serious drought. What’s more, only a fraction of the world’s freshwater is available for us to use and drink, as the rest is in the sea or frozen in glaciers or snowfields. As the world’s population continues to put pressure on this limited supply, being more efficient with what we have is our only solution. A new Internationa...
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First Irish Population of non-indigenous Crayfish Species found

The National Park & Wildlife Service (NPWS) has confirmed that a population of a non-indigenous crayfish species (NICS) has been found for the first time in the wild in Ireland. There has always been a concern that a NICS may become established in Ireland and this has now been confirmed by the discovery of a population of an Australian Crayfish, the Yabby, Cherax destructor. The NPWS are...
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