Inadequate water treatment: Solution will cost money

THE Cliffs of Moher and the Burren are internationally recognised as two the world’s natural wonders.

The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most popular natural tourist attraction; the cliffs and the Burren are iconic landscapes and a centrepiece of the hugely successful Wild Atlantic Way project. Most countries would cherish them and ensure that their integrity is not jeopardised by human activity.

It is therefore tragic but all too indicative of our pathetic efforts to protect the environment that waste water from a town’s septic tank has been released into Liscannor Bay close to the cliffs and the Burren.

It is reported that a a pipe leading from Liscannor’s overloaded treatment tank was purposely broken last week, allowing a geyser of material to flow into Liscannor Bay. According to the Liscannor Harbour Committee, agents of Irish Water regularly do this to relieve pressure on the town’s outdated sewage system and prevent raw sewage from backing up into the village. Irish Water has declined to comment but confirmed that they want to develop a sewage treatment facility for the town.

Liscannor is not alone, many towns have inadequate and dangerous water treatment plants. This is a legacy of years of under-investment or no investment. Like it or not, the only way to update these treatment plants is to recognise that water treatment costs money and that it must be paid for.


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