EPA

  • The latest report from the Environmental Protection Agency shows the quality of drinking water in public supplies across the country remains high.

    The EPA Drinking Water Report for 2017 shows a high level of compliance with microbiological and chemical standards, indicating that most of our water supplies are safe to drink.

    However, there are currently 72 "at risk" supplies on the EPA Remedial Action List.

    It's expected drinking water in Ireland will be in line with EU standards by 2010 - 16 years after the deadline for compliance.

    The number of public water supplies on the Remedial Action List has fallen from 339 ten years ago to 72 at present.

    Irish Water says upgrading works on 38 of these supplies will be finished by the end of the year.

    There are no public water supplies in Co Mayo currently on the Remedial Action List, however, there are two in both counties Roscommon and Galway - both of which are due for completion by the end of this year.

    9 water supplies across the country are currently on a boil water notice - including the Lough Talt scheme will supplies water to over 12,000 people mainly in Co Sligo.

    A planning application has been submitted for a new plant to tackle water quality on the Lough Talt scheme, but the EPA says that due to planning difficulties, there is no timeframe available yet for the completion of these works.

  • Nearly three-quarters of Ireland’s bathing waters are of excellent quality, according to the latest EPA report, but seven beaches have failed to meet minimum standards for water quality.

    Two of the beaches labelled as “poor” by the Environmental Protection Agency are in Galway – Clifden beach and Ballyloughane in Galway City.

    The other 5 beaches that failed to meet minimum water quality standards are in Dublin.

    Of the 15 Mayo beaches inspected, 14 are of excellent water quality, while Old Head beach in Louisburg is described as “good”.

    The EPA report says bathing waters in Co Mayo continue to be of a very high quality, with few pollution sources identified.

    The Mayo beaches described as “excellent” are  -  

    Bertra Beach, Murrisk ; Carrowmore Beach, Louisburgh; Carrowniskey, Louisburgh; Clare Island;  Dooega Beach, Dugort, Golden Strand, Keel and Keem beaches on Achill Island; Elly Bay, Belmullet;

    Mullaghroe Beach, Belmullet ; Mulranny; Rinroe beach Carrowtigue, and Ross Beach Killala – all described as excellent while Old Head Beach, Louisburgh is described as Good.

     

  • A Ballyhaunis company is among five sites listed by the Environmental Protection Agency as National Priority Sites for Enforcement.

    Five sites have been included on the latest list for failing to meet the necessary environmental standards - including the Western Brand Group in Ballyhaunis.

    The EPA says these companies face further enforcement action.

    Meanwhile, Aurivo Dairy Ingredients Ltd in Co Roscommon has been removed from the National Priority Site List, following improvements in compliance and reduced risk.

    The EPA has also published its Industrial & Waste Licence Enforcement Report for 2017, which gives details of compliance levels and enforcement activities across 800 licensed facilities.

    22 prosecutions were taken last year, with 16 convictions, and fines worth over  374-thousand euro were issued for failings in industrial waste management.

    The report shows that over 1,000 complaints were received in 2017 about licensed facilities, with 73% of complaints relating to noise and odour.

    Among the top ten most complained-about facilities were the East Galway Residual Landfill site which accounted for 57 complaints, while there were 23 complaints about Shell E&P Ireland Ltd.

  • The EPA has published its latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement.

    Seven industrial sites are currently on the list for failing to meet the necessary environmental standards.

    Aurivo Dairy Ingredients Limited in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon are among the seven sites listed.

    Five sites have come off the previous National Priority Site list following improvements in compliance.

    These include the Shell E&P Ireland Limited site in Bellanaboy and the East Galway Residual Landfill Site near Ballinasloe.