E. coli found in one-third of private water schemes

E. coli found in one-third of private water schemes

Almost one-third of Ireland's private group water supplies are contaminated with E. coli, according to the latest report on drinking water quality from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The agency says the parasite, which originates in human or animal faeces, was detected in 184 private water schemes in 2007.

This is an improvement on the previous year's figures, but the rate of contamination in private schemes is still six times higher than in drinking water supplies supplied by local authorities.

The EPA also says a large number of local authorities have failed to install chlorine monitors on their water treatment plants, a move which can prevent outbreaks of e-coli.


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