Environmental watchdog became aware of contaminated water in Limerick through media

Environmental watchdog became aware of contaminated water in Limerick through media

An environmental watchdog only became aware through media reports that several people had become ill in Limerick from consuming contaminated drinking water, an audit has revealed.

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Number of 'pristine' Irish rivers falls to 20 from 500

Number of 'pristine' Irish rivers falls to 20 from 500

There are now just 20 “pristine” river sites around the country, down from more than 500 in the late 1980s, according to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Cork councillors call on Irish Water to attend meetings and answer questions

Cork councillors call on Irish Water to attend meetings and answer questions

Cork county councillors are calling on Irish Water officials to attend some of its meetings to answer questions.

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Boil water notice issued for 1,500 in Westmeath

Boil water notice issued for 1,500 in Westmeath

A boil water notice has been issued for 1,500 people in Co Westmeath.

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Boil water notice re-issued for 500 Limerick homes served by Fedamore Public Supply

Boil water notice re-issued for 500 Limerick homes served by Fedamore Public Supply

A boil water notice has been re-issued for 500 people in Co Limerick.

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Irish Water apologises as boil water notice continues

Irish Water apologises as boil water notice continues

The Water Forum has said there is an over reliance on the Liffey to supply Dublin with drinking water.

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Sod turned on €40m upgrade of Cork water treatment plant

Sod turned on €40m upgrade of Cork water treatment plant

The Victorian-era water treatment plant which supplies water to 70% of Cork city’s population is to undergo a €40m upgrade.

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People in Dublin and surrounding counties told to boil water following error at treatment plant

People in Dublin and surrounding counties told to boil water following error at treatment plant

600,000 people in Dublin and surrounding counties are being told to boil their drinking water.

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More research needed into risks of microplastics in drinking water, says WHO

More research needed into risks of microplastics in drinking water, says WHO

It is also calling for an urgent reduction in plastic pollution to reduce the global population’s exposure to potentially harmful substances.

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Eight Dublin beaches closed to bathers following heavy rainfall

Eight Dublin beaches closed to bathers following heavy rainfall

Eight beaches in Dublin have been closed to swimmers following the heavy rainfall last night.

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Update: Liffey Swim to go ahead despite significant increase in bacteria found

Update: Liffey Swim to go ahead despite significant increase in bacteria found

Latest: It has been confirmed that tomorrow's Liffey Swim will go ahead.

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Safeguarding water supplies: Plan to protect a vital resource

Safeguarding water supplies: Plan to protect a vital resource

Not many metrics show our disregard for essential resources as graphically as ever-declining water quality does.

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Swimming ban lifted at all but one Dublin beach

Swimming ban lifted at all but one Dublin beach

A bathing ban remains in place at Dollymount Beach.

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Three Cork water supplies removed from ‘risk list’

Three Cork water supplies removed from ‘risk list’

Three public water schemes in Cork have been removed from a list of potentially dangerous supplies by the environment watchdog. This follows upgrade works by Irish Water.

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Most Irish bathing waters rated excellent by EU standards

Most Irish bathing waters rated excellent by EU standards

Almost three-quarters of Irish bathing waters have been rated "excellent" by European standards, but the country is lagging significantly behind many of our European neighbours.

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Report offers bleak outlook for domestic health and water supply

Report offers bleak outlook for domestic health and water supply

Water quality and public health will come under threat from the likely impacts of climate change in Ireland, a new report warns.

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The Monday Interview: Feeling the flow after coming full circle

The Monday Interview: Feeling the flow after coming full circle

It’s been a lot of trial and error, countless kitchen table board meetings, but a Cork family firm has come up with what it is calling a revolutionary way to treat wastewater in a sustainable way.

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Support youth in their direct action on climate

Support youth in their direct action on climate

World Water Day is held annually as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

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COP24: how a plastics treaty could clean up our oceans

COP24: how a plastics treaty could clean up our oceans

It seems new action to tackle plastic pollution is announced every week, from the 5p plastic bag charge to governments debating a tax on plastic packaging, writes Elizabeth Kirk.

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Some good news in unending challenge

Some good news in unending challenge

The Environmental Protection Agency reports on water quality are a regular litmus test on how we treat, or more accurately, mistreat water.

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EPA finds rivers have deteriorated since 2016

EPA finds rivers have deteriorated since 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency has found Irish water quality has deteriorated in the last two years.

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EPA report raises concerns about quality of private water supplies of a million people

EPA report raises concerns about quality of private water supplies of a million people

Crèches, nursing homes and hotels using their own wells for drinking water could pose a serious health risk.

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Untreated sewage entering waters from 38 towns and villages in Ireland

Untreated sewage entering waters from 38 towns and villages in Ireland

A report from the Environmental Protection Agency says around half of the waste discharges entering our waters do not meet pollution and health standards.

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Hundreds of Clare residents warned not to drink tap water

Hundreds of Clare residents warned not to drink tap water

Water tankers are being brought in for around 1,800 customers of a public water supply in Co Clare.

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Boil Water Notices lifted for most Co Limerick residents

Boil Water Notices lifted for most Co Limerick residents

Limerick County Council has lifted precautionary Boil Water Notices affecting customers of a further 14 water supplies throughout Co Limerick.

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Co Limerick residents warned to boil water

Co Limerick residents warned to boil water

Limerick County Council has today issued a boil-water notice to all customers in Co Limerick.

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Full Dublin water services to be restored by midnight

Full Dublin water services to be restored by midnight

Full water services in Dublin are expected to be fully restored by midnight tonight, according to Dublin City Council.

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Water restrictions continue in Dublin

Water restrictions continue in Dublin

Water restrictions remain in place in parts of Dublin's northside today.

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Water warnings in Limerick

Water warnings in Limerick

Water warnings have been issued by Limerick County Council this evening.

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Drinking-water restrictions lifted In west Limerick

Drinking-water restrictions lifted In west Limerick

Limerick County Council has today confirmed that drinking-water restrictions have been lifted in areas affected by an oil pollution incident in West Limerick.

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Dublin water supply restriction to continue

Dublin water supply restriction to continue

Dublin's water supply is set to be restricted until at least Wednesday as local authorities try to conserve water.

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Water supplies disrupted in north Dublin

Water supplies disrupted in north Dublin

Residents in parts of north inner city Dublin were today warned they face disruptions to their water supply.

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More than half of water treatment plants fail EU standards

New figures from the Environmental Protection Agency reveal that more than half of all waste water plants do not meet EU standards.

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Boil notice lifted from Achill water supply

A boil notice which was put in place in on Achill's local water supply following an outbreak of gastroenteritis at a Co Mayo nursing home has been lifted.

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Elevated levels of lead found in Clare tap water

Elevated levels of lead were found in the tapwater of four areas of Co Clare after the local Council increased monitoring in recent weeks.

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Lead contamination found in Galway drinking water

More drinking water problems have emerged in Galway, with residents in some parts of the city warned about high levels of lead in their supply.

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Water company misses quality target

Northern Ireland Water failed to meet its targets on drinking water quality and the number of pollution incidents last year, its first annual report revealed today.

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No water for 25,000 Kerry residents after landslide

Up to 25,000 people in North Kerry are without water after a landslide polluted the River Feale.

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Drinking water woes continue in Galway

A boil notice has been put in place in a large area of south Galway as a result of contamination in the local water supply.

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Limerick drinking water ban lifted

A ban on drinking water issued in Co Limerick has been lifted.

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Ireland may fail to meet EU water quality standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is warning that Ireland could fail to achieve EU water quality standards unless improvements are made quickly.

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Gormley eases farmers' nitrates concerns

Minister for the Environment John Gormley has said that farmers have nothing to fear following an increase in the penalties for nitrates offences.

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Irish water sources still badly polluted - EPA

Nearly one-third of Ireland's rivers and groundwater sources are still polluted with human, animal, farming and industrial waste, according to the latest assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Third of councils not testing water for disease

More than one third of county and city councils have not tested public water supplies for a potentially fatal disease, it emerged today.

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EPA concerned about water-borne bug

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is calling for more testing of drinking water following an increase in outbreaks of cryptosporidium.

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