Irish Water’s failure to improve treatment plants has left many water supplies vulnerable and poses a risk to the health of a large portion of the population.
That’s according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which says 46 water supplies, serving one million people, are vulnerable and require significant work.
In its latest report on drinking water, it says overall quality was high, with 99.7 percent of samples compliant.
However it says more than 15,500 people were on boil-water notices for longer than one month last year, and it’ll take decades for the utility to remove all lead connections at their current rate of replacement.
In Donegal, the Ballymagroarty and Glenties-Ardara water supplies were on the EPA’s Remedial Action List last year due to elevated levels of THMs, according to the latest report.
Noel Byrne from the EPA, says it’s concerned about supply in the future:
The full report can be viewed here