Shannon sewage treatment facilities fail to meet EU standards

Shannon sewage treatment facilities fail to meet EU standards

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drain-325234_1920Shannon is among 31 large urban areas in Ireland to have failed to meet the EU Directive’s effluent quality and sampling standards in 2014.

The EPA Urban Waste Water Treatment Report for 2014, released today, highlights the need for investment in waste water infrastructure to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage from urban areas and to meet European Union standards.

Commenting on the report Mr Gerard O’Leary, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said, “Sewage discharges continue to impact on our environment with counties Cork, Donegal and Galway the worst affected areas.  A reversal of the decline in capital expenditure seen in recent years is needed to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage from our environment and allow Ireland to meet EU standards.”

Responsibility for the operation and maintenance of sewage and wastewater treatment facilities in County Clare transferred from Clare County Council to Irish Water in June 2014.

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