EPA calls for ac­tion to lift boil no­tice

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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