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Most water extraction to go unregulated, environment groups warn

Most water extraction to go unregulated, environment groups warn A proposed overhaul of water extraction legislation in Ireland demanded by the European Commission will not regulate heavy users sufficiently, according to environmental groups.  A majority of water abstractions will remain unmonitored and unregulated, including agricultural and commercial abstractions, they warn in response to the ...
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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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