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#Water quality

# water-quality - Last week 13th November 2022 - 26th November 2022

Report: Here are the counties performing the best and worst on local environment issues
# County Councils
# County Councils

Report: Here are the counties performing the best and worst on local environment issues

Nov 15th 2022, 6:00 AM 20,574 Views 4 Comments

The EPA has identified the highest and lowest-performing local authorities on issues like air and water quality and waste.

# water-quality - This month November 2022

Local councils hiring inspectors to target farms over pollution concerns
# Beefed Up
# Beefed Up

Local councils hiring inspectors to target farms over pollution concerns

Nov 6th 2022, 7:00 AM 18,931 Views 25 Comments

It follows concerns over the impact agriculture has been having on water quality in a number of regions.

# water-quality - Last month October 2022

Irish Water says supplies in Dublin and Wicklow safe to drink after reports of 'earthy' taste
# All Clear
# All Clear

Irish Water says supplies in Dublin and Wicklow safe to drink after reports of 'earthy' taste

Oct 5th 2022, 9:45 PM 12,049 Views 18 Comments

Irish Water conducted tests of the drinking water in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Dublin City and North and East Wicklow areas.

Irish Water investigates reports of 'earthy' drinking water in Dublin and Wicklow
# Water Quality
# Water Quality

Irish Water investigates reports of 'earthy' drinking water in Dublin and Wicklow

Oct 3rd 2022, 5:18 PM 17,420 Views 3 Comments

The utility company said the water is safe to drink.

# water-quality - This year 2022

Concerns over data submitted by Wexford power plant to EPA
# Investigation
# Investigation

Concerns over data submitted by Wexford power plant to EPA

Aug 15th 2022, 9:01 PM 25,956 Views 6 Comments

Independent report alleges a ‘major issue’ with water quality monitoring near SSE’s Great Island Power Station.

EPA reveals Ireland's best and worst quality bathing sites
# Water Quality
# Water Quality

EPA reveals Ireland's best and worst quality bathing sites

May 13th 2022, 6:15 AM 44,927 Views 12 Comments

Just two beaches received a ‘poor’ quality rating.

One in twenty private water supplies were contaminated with E. coli in 2020, EPA says
# EPA
# EPA

One in twenty private water supplies were contaminated with E. coli in 2020, EPA says

Feb 22nd 2022, 12:05 AM 11,164 Views 9 Comments
  • The agency said 20 of the 380 private group schemes, which serve more than 2,900 people, failed to meet the standard relating to E. coli bacteria.
  • Twenty-two private group schemes also failed to meet the standard for Trihalomethanes (THM).
  • Over a quarter of small private supplies, serving food businesses, nursing homes, crèches and B&Bs, were not monitored at all in 2020.

# water-quality - Last year 2021

Irish Water: Wexford incident 'a serious failure' and shows system 'no longer fit for purpose'
# Water Quality
# Water Quality

Irish Water: Wexford incident 'a serious failure' and shows system 'no longer fit for purpose'

Sep 23rd 2021, 11:04 AM 12,567 Views 26 Comments
  • The utility has said it was not informed of two recent incidents until after they were resolved by local authorities
  • Irish Water tells Oireachtas Committee it 'has no direct control over water treatment plants'
  • Managing director Niall Gleeson has said 'a single public utility is the answer'
Do Not Swim notice extended for 72 hours at north Dublin beach
# Balbriggan
# Balbriggan

Do Not Swim notice extended for 72 hours at north Dublin beach

Aug 9th 2021, 6:13 PM 19,242 Views 7 Comments

Another Do Not Swim notice which was in place at Malahide Beach has been lifted.

Water quality in almost half of Ireland's rivers and lakes deemed unsatisfactory
# Environmental Protection Agency
# Environmental Protection Agency

Water quality in almost half of Ireland's rivers and lakes deemed unsatisfactory

Jul 14th 2021, 7:05 AM 13,651 Views 9 Comments

Many rivers and estuaries in the south and east are under pressure from excess nitrogen from agricultural activities, the EPA said.

Opinion: Our water quality tests in Ireland are not good enough - the real picture is a lot worse
# Sea Swimming
# Sea Swimming

Opinion: Our water quality tests in Ireland are not good enough - the real picture is a lot worse

Updated Jun 11th 2021, 8:23 AM 21,678 Views 11 Comments

Professor Dearbháile Morris and Dr Liam Burke of NUI Galway say the EU-backed water pollution tests being used here do not give an accurate reading.

Here are the four bathing areas classified as having 'poor' quality water in Ireland
# Beaches
# Beaches

Here are the four bathing areas classified as having 'poor' quality water in Ireland

May 12th 2021, 12:10 AM 66,901 Views 9 Comments

96% of beaches met EU standards last year.

# water-quality - All time

Swimmers and surfers asked to take part in NUI Galway study to see if they have superbugs
# Water Quality
# Water Quality

Swimmers and surfers asked to take part in NUI Galway study to see if they have superbugs

Aug 10th 2020, 6:30 AM 47,365 Views 0 Comments

Surfer Easkey Britton and Liffey Swim champ Paul O’Flynn are supporting the project by urging people to sign up to be tested.

Here are the five bathing areas classified as 'poor' in Ireland
# Beaches
# Beaches

Here are the five bathing areas classified as 'poor' in Ireland

May 26th 2020, 7:28 AM 99,322 Views 20 Comments

95% of bathing waters met or exceeded the minimum required standard.

Quiz: Can you name these Irish rivers from above?
# Splish Splash
# Splish Splash

Quiz: Can you name these Irish rivers from above?

Dec 15th 2019, 9:00 PM 48,395 Views 19 Comments

The past 30 years have seen a sharp decline in the quality of Ireland’s rivers, according to a new report.

Dublin people are being asked to test water quality across the city using free kits
# Test The Water
# Test The Water

Dublin people are being asked to test water quality across the city using free kits

Sep 3rd 2019, 3:39 PM 17,669 Views 10 Comments

Free testing kits will be sent to people who want to check the quality as part of a European-wide survey.

Water quality in Irish rivers and lakes is more often getting worse, not better
# Downstream
# Downstream

Water quality in Irish rivers and lakes is more often getting worse, not better

Nov 30th 2018, 8:31 AM 10,003 Views 23 Comments

The results are from a new report by the EPA.

Did your local beach get a Blue Flag this year? Here's the full list
# Yeah Buoy
# Yeah Buoy

Did your local beach get a Blue Flag this year? Here's the full list

May 21st 2018, 1:07 PM 40,093 Views 19 Comments

Kerry tops the list with the most Blue Flags.

Here are the best and worst beaches in Ireland to go swimming
# Water Quality
# Water Quality

Here are the best and worst beaches in Ireland to go swimming

May 16th 2018, 6:20 AM 89,202 Views 37 Comments

Seven coastal bathing waters have failed to meet the minimum standard.

In the 1980s over 500 Irish river sites were of pristine quality, now there are just 21
# Keeping It Clean
# Keeping It Clean

In the 1980s over 500 Irish river sites were of pristine quality, now there are just 21

Aug 31st 2017, 7:46 AM 17,755 Views 54 Comments

A major study by the EPA has put the spotlight on Ireland’s water quality.

Most of Ireland's beaches get an A+ for water quality. Is yours one of them?
# So Fresh And So Clean
# So Fresh And So Clean

Most of Ireland's beaches get an A+ for water quality. Is yours one of them?

Apr 5th 2016, 6:02 AM 27,921 Views 19 Comments

Six popular beaches didn’t make the EU standard.

South Dublin and Salthill water not fit for swimming
# Get Out
# Get Out

South Dublin and Salthill water not fit for swimming

Jul 9th 2015, 7:22 PM 20,822 Views 16 Comments

And not for the first time. The water at Sandymount and Merrion Strands has been temporarily deemed not fit for swimmers.

Has your local beach or bathing spot been given a Blue Flag this year?
# Water's Lovely
# Water's Lovely

Has your local beach or bathing spot been given a Blue Flag this year?

May 28th 2015, 2:47 PM 21,159 Views 20 Comments

The full list is here. Did your favourite bathing place make it?

Swimmers warned to stay out of the water at six Dublin beaches
# Don't Get In The Water
# Don't Get In The Water

Swimmers warned to stay out of the water at six Dublin beaches

Aug 7th 2014, 3:19 PM 13,343 Views 27 Comments

Fingal County Council say the ‘poor quality’ results follow last weekend’s heavy rainfall.

Plan to increase Ireland's agricultural output could cause harm to environment
# Agriculture
# Agriculture

Plan to increase Ireland's agricultural output could cause harm to environment

Sep 23rd 2013, 8:45 PM 5,782 Views 52 Comments

A report commissioned by the Government claims that the negative effects can be mitigated but green groups are concerned.

Great Barrier Reef status as 'natural wonder of the world' under threat
# Slap On The Wrist
# Slap On The Wrist

Great Barrier Reef status as 'natural wonder of the world' under threat

May 4th 2013, 2:22 PM 12,656 Views 11 Comments

The UN says Australia hasn’t done enough to tackle concerns about rampant coastal development and water quality at the world heritage site.

Further tests due on waters from Cork E.coli beaches
# E.coli
# E.coli

Further tests due on waters from Cork E.coli beaches

Aug 20th 2012, 9:46 AM 3,167 Views 11 Comments

Seven beaches were declared unsafe for swimming over the weekend over concerns about E.coli levels.

E-coli traces found in bathing water at three Clare holiday resorts
# Public Safety
# Public Safety

E-coli traces found in bathing water at three Clare holiday resorts

Jul 20th 2012, 7:30 PM 8,085 Views 22 Comments

The beaches at Lahinch, Kilkee and Spanish Point have all been closed after traces of the bacteria were found.

One of three water boil notices lifted in Limerick
# Drinking Water
# Drinking Water

One of three water boil notices lifted in Limerick

Jun 13th 2012, 11:26 AM 970 Views 0 Comments

However, householders in a further two areas are being urged to take precautionary measures.

Irish bathing water quality improved in 2011
# Water Quality
# Water Quality

Irish bathing water quality improved in 2011

May 3rd 2012, 1:07 PM 1,144 Views 8 Comments

However, there was a drop in the amount of beaches reaching ‘good’ status. Ireland will have to redouble its efforts to maintain and improve bathing water quality standards, Minister Phil Hogan said today.

Life's a beach: Blue Flag status awarded to eight more than in 2010
# Beaches
# Beaches

Life's a beach: Blue Flag status awarded to eight more than in 2010

Jun 9th 2011, 2:27 PM 1,419 Views 5 Comments

82 Irish beaches and two marinas are given Blue Flag status, the highest in years – but there are a few notable absentees.

Fires cause €5 million worth of damage with 985 hectares of land destroyed
# Fire Damage
# Fire Damage

Fires cause €5 million worth of damage with 985 hectares of land destroyed

May 5th 2011, 3:18 PM 706 Views 0 Comments

Coillte estimates that it will take this much to cover the extra expense from fire fighting, replacement of trees lost and forgone revenue from timber.