Failing systems get ‘E’ grade

Three counties — Kerry, Longford, and Roscommon — have water supply infrastructure that is in an unacceptable condition, according to a report issued by Engineers Ireland.

Failing systems get ‘E’ grade

‘The State of Ireland 2015 – a review of infrastructure’, awards overall grades for each of the following elements of infrastructure — communications, energy, transport, waste, water and flooding.

While most local authorities’ supply infrastructure received ‘A’ and ‘B’ grades from Engineers Ireland, the report gave an ‘E’ grade to Kerry, Longford, and Roscommon.

“Ongoing boil notices affecting the water supply for almost half of the county’s population is unacceptable in 21st century Ireland,” the report said of Roscommon’s water supply.

Kerry received a low mark because the county has more than 20 outstanding actions on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Remedial Action List — a catalogue of supplies deemed ‘at risk’ by the EPA.

The report, now in its fifth year of publication, found that that the majority of the Greater Dublin area’s water supply was fit for purpose.

While all the other local authority areas in the region received ‘A’ and ‘B’ grades, boil notices in Wicklow saw it awarded a ‘D’ mark which lowered the overall assessment grade for the Greater Dublin area to a ‘C’ average.

Cork City’s water supply received an ‘A’ grade, while its county counterpart was awarded a ‘C’.

In other sections, the nation’s sustainable transport infrastructure dropped from a ‘C’ to a ‘D’ and the report calls for the development of a new national spatial strategy to prioritise public transport policies.

Communications went from a ‘B+’ to a ‘B’, a minor grade change to reflect the Government’s failure to specify a date for achieving the National Broadband Plan objectives.

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