Update: Irish Water working to remove remaining lead pipes from water network

Unsafe levels have been found in drinking water samples in more than 30 areas since 2017.

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Housing Minister accused of delaying 2016 bill to prevent privatisation of Irish Water

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has deliberately sought to delay a bill aimed at ensuring Irish Water remains a public company, the Opposition has claimed.

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Irish Water works ‘pose threat to Ring of Kerry rock carvings’

An environmental group has expressed concern that construction work by Irish Water is posing a threat to ancient rock carvings on the Ring of Kerry.

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Farmers told to follow best practice as pesticides found in public water

Irish Water has appealed to farmers, ahead of the spraying season, after finding pesticides breaching EU levels in several public water supplies.

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Pesticides in drinking water - A stark warning

We have a long tradition of less than rigorous regulation in myriad areas.

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Sewage system was blocked 16 times a day last year

Irish Water had to clear an average of 16 blockages in the country’s sewage network each day last year as a result of inappropriate items being flushed down toilets.

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EPA investigating discharge of sewage into Dublin Bay

A problem which led to thousands of tonnes of raw sewage flooding into Dublin Bay is being described as shocking.

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EPA should have consulted public on Irish Water request, says judge

An environmental campaigner has successfully challenged the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency to alter the details of a licence governing the discharge of sewage in East Cork.

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Reservoir go-ahead for drought-prone village

There is light at the end of the tunnel for a drought-stricken village and for a community where women have had their hair turned green by the water supply.

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Irish Water to upgrade sewer network in Dublin’s North Docklands

Irish Water is to spend more than €1.3m on Dublin's North Docklands to upgrade the sewer network.

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Irish Water may have to open its books to public, says auditor general

Irish Water could be forced to fully open its books to the public.

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100,000 in South Dublin experiencing disruption to water supply

Up to 100,000 people in South Dublin are dealing with disruption to their water supply this afternoon.

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High-tech detection system to plug 80m litres of leaks

Property owners with illegal water connections, which are responsible for the loss of almost 80m litres a day, could soon be outed as Irish Water deploys a new high-tech leaks detection system.

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Workers oppose plans to transfer to Irish Water

Local Government Minister Eoghan Murphy has been warned he has “no chance” of winning support for his plans to bring 3,500 local authority workers under the control of Irish Water.

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Government to mull water services vote after U-turn

The Government has done a U-turn on the idea of holding a referendum to keep water services in public ownership.

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Irish Water to get €39m in excess fees

At least €39m from excess domestic charges for using water will help fund Irish Water in the coming years.

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Cork and Dublin towns among those with raw sewage entering water

Towns and villages all over Ireland are still flushing their toilets directly into rivers or onto the coastline because of a lack of wastewater treatment facilities.

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140,000 Irish Water customers have excess chemical in supply

Environmentalists have welcomed Irish Water’s decision to write directly to 140,000 customers warning them of excess chemical in their drinking water.

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Irish Water to write to 140,000 homes and businesses over supply problems

Irish Water is to write to 140,000 homes and businesses around the country to inform users about problems with their supply.

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Water charges were ‘too much too soon’, according to NUI Galway report

The Government attempted “too much too soon” when it tried to introduce water charges, according to a new report on the failed efforts to implement a tariff as part of the establishment of the Irish Water utility.

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Irish Water halfway to making Cork Lower Harbour sewage-free

Irish Water has said it is now halfway to creating a “sewage-free” Cork Lower Harbour, removing 20,000 wheelie bins of raw sewage which had been entering the area every day.

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Hosepipe ban extended until September 30 for 16 counties

Irish Water has extended the hosepipe ban until the end of September for a number of counties.

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Appeal to continue conserving water in Cork

Irish Water has issued a new water conservation plea to its estimated 250,000 customers in metropolitan Cork amid mounting concerns over a looming supply crisis.

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Information meeting on harbour drainage project

An information meeting on a major Irish Water project will take place tonight, amid ongoing controversy over the impact the works will have on a Cork town.

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Average water consumption declined in 2016

Water consumption either fell or rose in 2016, depending on the interpretation of new figures released by the Central Statistics Office.

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Our water use double what we think it is

Most people use twice the amount of water they believe they do.

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Latest: National hosepipe ban in place until end of August

Irish Water has confirmed that the national hose-pipe ban will remain in place until the end of August while overnight restrictions in Dublin will continue for another two weeks.

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

The European Commission has issued a warning to the Irish Government to improve the safety of drinking water.

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Greater Dublin area to see reduced water pressure from Monday

Most parts of the Greater Dublin area are to see reduced water pressure from Monday.

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Update: Irish Water to impose water restrictions on Greater Dublin area

Irish Water has made the decision to impose water restrictions in the Greater Dublin area.

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Irish Water seeking approval for €500m wastewater scheme in Dublin

Irish Water has said it is hopeful that it will get approval for a major new wastewater scheme for Dublin.

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SPECIAL REPORT: West Cork’s wastewater dilemma

Noel Baker reports on two West Cork communities awaiting urgent Irish Water works to address raw sewage that is being released directly into the sea.

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Efforts to replace lead pipes by Irish Water have been 'slow', EPA report shows

Irish Water’s efforts to replace lead in the country’s water network has been “slow”, and more needs to be done to encourage householders to replace the old piping in their homes, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Latest: Fight the Pipe claims 500 farms will be affected by proposed €1.3m water project

Latest: A campaign group called Fight the Pipe has claimed that 500 farms will be impacted by the proposed Shannon water pipeline.

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Cash-and-carry firm lodges objection against Irish Water land purchase

A businessman and a cash-and-carry firm have brought a legal challenge to Bord Pleanála's decision to grant a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for land Irish Water says it needs to increase the capacity of a Kildare sewerage system and reduce overflows into the River Liffey.

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Water restrictions to ease off in Dublin today

Irish Water have confirmed there will be fewer restrictions in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow today.

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Shannon pipeline 'will secure future supply', says water firm

A pipeline drawing water from the Shannon is the only solution to the threat of drought and taps running dry in the east of Ireland, the head of Irish Water has warned.

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Latest: Issue around chlorine levels in Meath supply now resolved, says Irish Water

Latest: Irish Water has said that the issue behind the high chlorine levels in the water supply in Meath has now been resolved.

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'Tap the Refund' appeal urges people to donate water charge refunds to Africa

A retired teacher in Sligo is urging people to donate their water charge refunds to drought based projects in Africa.

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Irish Water refunds due by end of the month

Irish Water is preparing to issue full refunds to the one million customers who paid their water bills.

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Government rejects idea of referendum on Irish Water

The Government has rejected that it has agreed to hold a referendum to keep Irish Water in public ownership.

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1,000 km of Victorian piping needs to be replaced at cost of €13bn: Irish Water

Irish Water has said 1,000kms of Victorian piping needs to be replaced around the country, at a cost of €13bn euro.

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Essential water shut down next Tuesday night in Cork will impact 35,000 people

The water supply for up to 35,000 people in Cork city will be shut down from 11pm on Tuesday, June 27, until approximately 7am on Wednesday, June 28, it has emerged tonight.

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Two men charged with obstructing installation of water meters lose High Court case

Two men charged with obstructing the installation of water meters have failed in High Court challenges.

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Irish Water pleads guilty to breaking environmental laws at four treatment plants across the country

Irish Water has pleaded guilty to breaking environmental laws following the discovery of sewage pollution at treatment plants in Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Cork.

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Water committee 'considering €5,000 fine for excessive usage proposal'

People who waste water at home could be fined up to €5,000 if they do not try to cut back, it has been reported.

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38 Irish towns and cities accused of putting human health at risk with inadequate water treatment

Europe's environmental watchdogs are taking Ireland to court over the pumping of raw sewage into rivers and the sea.

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Irish Water calls for meters in all new-build houses

“Now that we have the infrastructure to read the meters, having an extra 20,000, 30,000 or 40,000 meters is no great burden at all.”

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Billing at Irish Water costs €25 million a year

It has been revealed that the cost of billing at Irish Water is €25 million a year.

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Fianna Fáil under fire for position on water charges

Fianna Fáil has come under fire for its position on water charges, in the latest Dáil debate on water charges.

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Irish Water pleads guilty after failing to improve water quality in Co Galway

Irish Water has pleaded guilty to failing to implement a plan to improve drinking water quality in Carraroe in Co Galway and was ordered to give €3,000 to charity to avoid a criminal conviction.

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Irish Water needs €300m from Government

Irish Water will need almost €300m from the Government to make up the cost of water charges.

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Government defeats Sinn Féin's attempt to abolish Irish Water

The Government has defeated Sinn Féin's attempt to abolish Irish Water and scrap charges immediately.

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TD John Halligan to support Government on water charges issue

The minority Government looks set to defeat an opposition motion on water charges on Wednesday.

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Irish Water complaints fell by nearly 20% in 2015

Customer complaints about Irish Water fell by nearly 20% last year, according to the Commission for Energy Regulation.

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Latest: FF/FG deal would see water charges suspended for nine months

Latest: Water charges will be suspended for at least nine months should a deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney told the Dail today, writes Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner Political Editor.

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Nothing less than abolition of Irish Water will do, says McDonald

Sinn Féin says only consigning water charges to the rubbish bin will be acceptable.

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Irish Water pleads guilty to polluting Louth stream

Irish Water has pleaded guilty to polluting a Co Louth stream after a malfunction at a sewage treatment plant led to a discharge which turned water grey.

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Abolishing Irish Water 'not in anybody's interest'

Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has said that abolishing Irish Water would not be in anyone's interest.

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