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Monday 27 March 2017

Impurities found in water supply

WICKLOW'S local authority is failing to monitor parasites in its water systems, according to a new report by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).Ten incidents of e-coli contamination were detected in seven public water supplies in Wicklow during 2006.

WICKLOW'S local authority is failing to monitor parasites in its water systems, according to a new report by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).

Ten incidents of e-coli contamination were detected in seven public water supplies in Wicklow during 2006.

The report also finds that no monitoring was carried out by Wicklow Co. Council in one public water supply scheme with insufficient monitoring' in many of the larger private water supplies.

Philip Duffy, Senior Executive Officer for Water Services with Wicklow County Council said It is not unsafe to drink unless the HSE issue a boil notice on the supply and at the moment that is not the case.'

However, the HSE says Wicklow County Council is the statutory body responsible for the surveillance of public and private drinking water schemes throughout the county.

The level of infection is monitored by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, a unit of the HSE, but the onus lies with the local authority,' said a HSE spokesperson.

And the EPA lists Wicklow among local authorities with boil water or restrictions placed on its supply during the first six months of new regulations introduced in March of last year.

Fluoride standards in the Arklow supply are also reported as below the national average' with aluminium problematic' in the Enniskerry supply and one sample exceeding the standard more than six times.

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