EPA calls for action to lift boil notice
THE Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has called for treatment of the water supply in Johnstown South which it saw is one of 25 supplies nationwide at risk of contamination with coliform bacteria. The findings form part of the EPA Drinking Water Report 2016 which was published this week and found that six people are affected by a boil water notice on this local supply. The notice was first imposed on June 4, 2015 after coliform bacteria was detected in the water and residents are still awaiting a resolution.
Darragh Page, Senior Drinking Water Inspector, Office of Environmental Enforcement, commenting on threats to drinking water quality such as Cryptosporidium, E. coli and Trihalomethanes (THMs) said, ‘While the incidence of E. coli in public water supplies continues to decrease, the current challenge is to reduce the levels of other pollutants in public water supplies across the country, particularly THM, and pesticides. The number of supplies reporting THM failures remains high, and a consistent national approach must be adopted to ensure that pesticides are prevented from entering our drinking water sources. We have also identified 25 supplies that require adequate treatment to prevent Cryptosporidium entering the water supply.’ In Wicklow eight supplies are also on the Remedial Action List which are detailed in this report. These include Aughrim/Annacurra, Avoca/Ballinaclash, Enniskerry, Wicklow, Bray, Greystones, Kilmacanogue and Newtown/ Newcastle/Kilcoole. Irish Water previously announced a timeline of plans for these supplies, most of which will require a treatment plant upgrade and are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.