January 18, 2021
Business News

Almost half of all boil water notices issued in Ireland were for Waterford drinking supplies

Four out of every 10 boil water notices issued in Ireland last year were to residents in county Waterford, a new report reveals.

In 2019, 25 boil water notices were issued in county Waterford, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Drinking Water report from 2019.

In total, there were 65 boil water notices issued in Ireland in 2019. Only Wexford and Tipperary recorded significant amounts of notices at nine each – roughly a third of the amount issued in Waterford.

In all, 16 council areas reported zero boil water notices, while a further five reported just one notice.

Despite the high level of boil water notices, the EPA said the 86 public supplies in county Waterford are 100% microbiological complaint and 99.6% chemically complaint – one of the best figures in the country.

The report also confirmed that the works required for the Ring/Helvick water supply to deal with Trihalomethane failures – chemicals created when algae in water reacts with the surrounding soils – have been completed and that the issue is now resolved.

The EPA report also confirms there are no outstanding directive remaining in county Waterford.


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