5,400 people on boil notices due to contaminated private water supplies
Over ninety private water supplies, affecting over 5,400 people, were found to be on boil water notices, says a new report by the EPA.
One fifth of the population, mostly in rural areas, get their drinking water from private water supplies.
The remainder of the population are supplied by public water supplies which are the responsibility of Irish Water.
Boil water notices were imposed on 94 private water supplies during the 2015 reporting period, affecting a population of over 5,400.
This compares to a total population of 3,770 with boil water notices in public water supplies today.
Monitoring results show that private water supplies to commercial businesses (hotels, B&Bs, pubs, etc) or to buildings where the public has access (schools, crèches, campsites, etc) are at greater risk of being contaminated.
The report highlights that more than sixty of these supplies were found to be contaminated with human or animal waste at least once during the reporting year.
The special report focusing on the quality of Private Water Supplies in Ireland, released today by the EPA, shows that twenty per cent of the population are supplied by private supplies - mainly through group water schemes, or small supplies/wells operated by the owners of buildings/businesses as part of a public or commercial activity.