How Clean is Your Water?

As the government asks us to pay twice for our water, it is a good opportunity to look at the quality of the water we are expected to drink and bathe in.

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As the government asks us to pay twice for our water, it is a good opportunity to look at the quality of the water we are expected to drink and bathe in.

It has emerged that Irish Water feels that water sources serving over 220,000 people may have to be “abandoned” as they are not sufficient to meet future population growth. They want to establish the River Shannon as a new source for Dublin by pumping it across into a new midlands reservoir. This will cost at least €500 million.

The Environment Protection Agency identified 120 water plants which need upgrading, whereas the new Irish Water company estimates this number to be at 300.

Many parts of the country have been under boil notice for years due to cryptosporidium contamination. This outrageous state of affairs would end within a week if it affected the supply to Kildare Street.

Furthermore the EPA found that nearly one-third of secondary sewage treatment plants fail to meet EU standards while raw sewage is being discharged in 44 areas.

Last summer, local councils around the country were releasing sewage into the sea during periods of heavy rainfall. This resulted in a ban on swimming as readings of Ecoli and intestinal enterococci were at dangerous levels.

This is not simply a moral issue over a human right, but a fight for basic hygiene and services the state is obliged to provide. We are being asked to pay twice for a service that is an utter disgrace.

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