EPA report on water in private wells ‘a wakeup call’

EPA report on water in private wells ‘a wakeup call’

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An Environment Protection Agency (EPA) report which finds that water quality in private water supplies is consistently poorer than public water supplies, should serve as “a wakeup call” and highlights the lack of investment in water services.

That’s according to East Clare Sinn Féin spokesperson Mags O’Connor who says Clare County Council should take such reports more seriously.

“The EPA report focused on private water supplies and found that of the private water supplies registered in the state, 37% were not monitored in any way for e.Coli. Worryingly, of the private supplies not monitored, these  included hotels and restaurants, national schools, childcare centres and nursing homes. The report also estimates that 30% of  household wells are contaminated by e.Coli,” Ms O’Connor said.

“What is clear from this report is that there needs to be greater Clare County Council intervention. Audits of private water supplies need to be carried out regularly by the Council and prosecutions on all breaches of health and safety must take place.

“Clare Co Council must demand to be adequately resourced, both in terms of funding and staffing levels, in order to ensure that more inspections can take place. The country has the highest incidence of VTEC, the pathogenic form of e.Coli in Europe. This is not good enough.

It is time for County Clare to take these EPA reports more seriously and act accordingly to ensure that public health is not put at risk,” she added.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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