Irish Water and Mayo County Council last week marked the official opening of Killala, Foxford and Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plants, following a €19m investment which has ended the discharge of raw sewage to the environment in Co Mayo.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the Water Quality in 2020: An Indicators Report, which provides an assessment of the quality of Ireland’s rivers, lakes, estuaries and groundwaters.
Farm leaders say the latest EPA report on the impact of intensive agriculture on river catchments in the Golden Vale region shows “real signs of progress” despite the major challenges it also poses for the dairy sector.
High demand for water in Donegal is continuing to put severe pressure on water supplies as warm weather continues, visitors to towns and villages increase, COVID 19 restrictions are relaxing and the hospitality sector is beginning to re-open.
Irish Water and Laois County Council are asking homes, farms and businesses in Portlaoise to check for leaks and to conserve water, where possible, whilst adhering to public health advice on hand washing and hygiene regarding COVID-19.
Irish Water, working in partnership with Offaly County Council, has saved nearly half a million litres of water per day in the neighbouring towns of Rhode and Croghan as a result of leakage reduction and repair works - enough water to supply over 3,500 people per day.