12 towns and villages nationally - including Newport in Co Mayo - will continue to discharge raw sewage into the environment until at least 2025.
A new EPA report shows 34 towns and villages across the country released raw sewage into the environment every day last year, because they didn't have treatment plants.
Irish Water says the new treatment plant for Newport is currently at the design stage, and it should be completed by 2025, while the EPA says it could take over two decades to bring the country's waste water infrastructure up to standard.
Martin Dillane, Chairperson of the Newport Development Company, told Midwest News that people in the town were promised a new wastewater treatment plant by 2023 - this was later pushed out to 2024, and is now 2025.
Speaking with Teresa, he said it's disappointing news.....