Kerry, Wicklow and Donegal worst affected as European Commission issues warning over safety of drinking water

Kerry, Wicklow and Donegal worst affected as European Commission issues warning over safety of drinking water
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The European Commission has issued a warning to the Irish Government to improve the safety of drinking water.

It follows recent data showing that water in certain counties has excessive amounts of a substance called Trihalomethane.

The chemical is a by-product of chlorine when used to disinfect water.

Counties Kerry, Wicklow and Donegal are the worst affected.

Grace Bolton from the EU Commission office in Dublin says a solution must be found.

She said: "There are a number of actors involved, the Environmental Protection Agency, Irish Water and the HSE but Ireland needs to find a solution."

- Digital Desk

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