More Kerry wa­ter sup­plies at risk than any other county ac­cord­ing to new RAL up­date

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

AN EPA re­port list­ing the pub­lic wa­ter sup­plies most at risk in­cludes 13 Kerry sup­plies – more than any other county.

The Kerry sup­plies serve over 90,000 peo­ple, in­clud­ing the Cen­tral Re­gional Lough Gui­tane sup­ply, which serves more than 62,000 alone.

The lat­est up­date of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency’s (EPA) Re­me­dial Ac­tion List (RAL) is a reg­is­ter of sup­plies with the most se­ri­ous de­fi­cien­cies and known to be most at risk.

Half of Kerry’s sup­plies – Ca­her­daniel, Castle­cove, Ken­mare, Lyranes, Moun­tain Stage, and Lough Gui­tane, the sec­ond big­gest sup­ply on the en­tire list – were in­cluded due to hav­ing in­ad­e­quate treat­ment for the par­a­site Cryp­tosporid­ium.

An­other five sup­plies – Bar­raduff, Kil­gar­van, Lauragh, Shrone, and Ven­try – were found to have el­e­vated lev­els of Tri­halomethanes, formed when wa­ter is treated with chlo­rine.

Lis­towel was in­cluded due to el­e­vated lev­els of pes­ti­cides, while Caragh Lake did not make the E coli stan­dard.

Ac­tions pro­posed to treat the 13 sup­plies in­clude up­grad­ing wa­ter treat­ment plants (9). In the case of Bar­raduff, Lauragh, and Shrone, the pro­posal is to aban­don the source of the sup­ply and re­place with the cen­tral re­gional sup­ply. No pro­posal has yet been put for­ward for Lis­towel.

In Jan­uary of 2016, there were 22 Kerry sup­plies on the list.

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