September 28, 2020
Business News

No quick fix: Waterford in water pollution red zone

A disturbing risk of water pollution has been revealed in Waterford.
The county is placed in a red zone with five others that have a poor record for fixing problems which can arise when septic tanks are close to a well or threaten drinking water in some other way.Of 28 such Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems inspected in Waterford between 2013 and 2019 only a little over half (54%) were fixed.

Although the number of defective systems was not particularly high in Waterford, the rate of repair was one of the worst in the country.

Green Party councillor Susan Gallagher, who lectures in Civil Engineering at Waterford Institute of Technology,  said she is concerned by the public health implications.

“Infectious diseases caused by these organisms are especially serious for the elderly, the very young, pregnant people and those with decreased immunity,” she warned.

Green Party TD Marc Ó Cathasaigh advised householders to maintain septic tanks by having them cleaned out regularly and making sure they are not leaking.

“If your tank is inspected and is found to be failing, there are government grants available which will cover 85% of the costs of fixing the issue up to €5000,” he said.

“In the meantime, we would call on Waterford Council to expedite the process of remedying the issues identified in this report. The health of our people and our waterways are too important to leave slide in this way.”

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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