Irish Water has 11 weeks to decide plea in EPA case

Irish Water has been given 11 weeks to decide how it will plead to failing to implement a plan to improve drinking water quality in Carraroe in Co Galway.

The utility is being prosecuted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The case was listed before Judge John O’Neill yesterday at Dublin District Court where an adjournment was granted. A solicitor for the EPA told the court that there was consent to the case being put back to September.

At the next appearance it will be listed for a plea to be entered or for a hearing date to be fixed if the case is contested, Judge John O’Neill ordered.

The company is charged under EU drinking water regulations that between December 1, 2015, and January 8, 2016, it failed to comply with a directive issue by the EPA to implement an action programme approved by the agency for the improvement of the quality of water for human consumption from Carraroe public water supply, to react to parametric values specified for trihalomethanes.

It is alleged the action plan had been approved by the EPA on September 9, 2014. Irish Water has not yet indicated how it will plead.

Last month, a solicitor for the EPA said that they would be providing disclosure of evidence to Irish Water.

Earlier this year residents in the Connemara village received boil water notices.

More on this topic

Formal complaint over high level of chemical contamination in Irish waterFormal complaint over high level of chemical contamination in Irish water

Excess levels of chlorine pumped into Dingle reservoirExcess levels of chlorine pumped into Dingle reservoir

Staff at Irish Water threatened with machete and rocks by publicStaff at Irish Water threatened with machete and rocks by public

Pesticides still being detected in Cork water suppliesPesticides still being detected in Cork water supplies


Lifestyle

Bless me readers, I have sinned. This week, we had more than a few visitors around, some water was wasted in the back garden and I was judgmental about my friends’ parenting style.Learner Dad: The highlight was when my daughter roared, ‘this is just like being on holidays’

Wearing gloves when out in public has become more prevalent and so has pulling them on in the garden during lockdown, writes Ray RyanIreland's growing love for gardening

Dublin songstress, Imelda May.Imelda May returns with spoken word album Slip Of The Tongue

Back in the day, there was a device called a GameShark.GameTech: Maneater is a game with bite

More From The Irish Examiner