Saturday 20 December 2014

EPA issues E.coli water safety warning to well owners

Published 12/08/2014 | 02:30

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WELL WATER: infection warning.

People who get their drinking water from wells are being urged to check them.

They may be at risk from a serious form of E. coli infection. Around 30pc of wells in Ireland are believed to be contaminated as a result of human or animal waste which has got into the system.

The Environmental Protection Agency advises checks for any sources of pollution entering the well and testing the water, at least once a year, ideally following heavy rain when the well is most at risk of contamination.

It is providing easy to use information on its website explaining what well owners should do to protect their health.

The information includes a short animation to explain the risks to well water quality and the simple things that can be done to reduce the risks.

‘Protect your Well’ assessment app is also available from the EPA website where well owners can assess whether their wells are at risk in less than 10 minutes. It provides well owners with tailored advice on how they can reduce the risk of contamination.

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