Feale River Pesticide Levels Much Higher Than EU Limits

Households and customers of the Abbeyfeale public water supply as well as households in other areas of West Limerick should be more than concerned at the reports of high pesticide levels in their drinking water. This is a result of the work of the Mount Collins/Brosna Anglers’ Association who have documentation that shows persistent pesticide safety level failures at 15 sampling stations on the River Feale between Rockchapel and Abbeyfeale. During the years 2015 to 2018, the Abbeyfeale public water supply which is sourced from the River Feale, had pesticide levels of .65 mcg per litre, or six times higher than the EU-permitted parametric limit of .10 mcg per litre. The European Drinking Water Regulations 2014 (S.I. 122 of 2014)...

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EU Commission Water Contamination Case

In August last year, the EU Commission began an infringement case against Ireland for failure to ensure drinking water was safe for over 500,000 consumers from a chemical linked to cancer and other health issues. The Commission sent a letter of formal notice to Ireland for failing to fulfill its obligations under the EU Drinking Water Directive by allowing excessive levels of Trihalomethanes (THM) in some Irish drinking water supplies. According to the Commission, the Irish authorities had “not taken appropriate actions” to bring down the amount of THM in drinking water. The Commission is also pursuing the Irish state for failing to notify consumers of the health implications as required under the EU Directive. Read more..

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Most Plastic Bottled Water Now Produced From Tap Water

New research now shows that most plastic bottled water is in most cases just filtered water from public water supplies. The research also exposes predatory plastic bottled water marketing tactics and how the bottled water industry negatively impacts people and the environment. Industry marketing and false advertising from corporations like Nestlè means that more people are buying bottled water than ever — even though about 64 percent of the bottled water comes from public water systems. This means that people buying plastic bottled water are paying much, much more than they would for that same water from their own kitchen tap. In fact, bottled water is about 2,000 times more expensive than tap water. The production of plastic bottled water...

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Recycling Waste Water into Drinking Water

According to a report in thejournal.ie, Irish Water may consider recycling waste water from sewage treatment plants and turn it into water which can be used for other purposes, including drinking water, to prevent future shortages. Recycled waste water is used in many countries across the world, but it is mostly used for irrigation and usually used during droughts. Other proposals in the report by Irish Water in order to meet its objectives include the treatment of seawater by desalination, new water abstraction points, the building of new reservoirs, demand management and improvement to water treatment plants. For more details, click here to read or download the full report.

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Microplastics Now Affecting Drinking Water Supplies

New research from the Irish EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) shows that micro-plastics are now entering Irish fresh water as well as seawater. Microplastics in the form of microbead scrubbers are present in some cosmetics and household cleaning products are starting to harm the Irish environment. The research was carried out by researchers in the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). It provides vital national level data and information on the environmental sources and risks posed by microplastics and plastic waste in general which has the potential to become microplastic over time. Consumers can help by checking the product labels of cosmetics, clothes and cleaners to see if they certify they are microplastic free. The...

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EPA Highlights E.coli Contamination in Private Wells

A new report from the Irish EPA claims that the lack of regular monitoring for E coli in Ireland is worrying as users may unwittingly be drinking poor quality water which could expose them to serious illness. This is particularly the case for people who are vulnerable, such as children, older people, or those with low immunity or underlying medical conditions. The report shows also that small private water wells have the worst E.coli contamination levels, much more so than public water supplies or privately-owned group water schemes. One of the safest ways to ensure safe drinking water from a private water well is to install a water filtration system. If you own or get your drinking water from a...

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EU Taking Action Over THMs in Irish Drinking Water

The European Commission is expected to take infringement proceedings against Ireland due to the level of trihalomethanes (THMs) found in drinking water, according to an article in the Irish Times. It will now be necessary to deal with the chemicals, which have been linked to cancer. The chemicals known as THM’s (Trihalomethanes) are disinfection by-products and occur when water is treated with chlorine (used to purify the water) which is common in most water schemes in Ireland . THMs are the result of a reaction between the chlorine used for disinfecting tap water and natural organic matter in the water. At elevated levels, THMs have been associated with negative health effects such as cancer and adverse reproductive outcomes. In Ireland,...

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Nitrates in Drinking Water Posing More Health Risks

A new report released this week from the heart of industrial farming in the US, is issuing a timely warning about the deluge of fertilizers in use by modern farms and the effects on our bodies. We already know the effects of excess nitrogen runoff from Irish dairy farms causing algae blooms on Lough Derg and other water ways. The new report from the Iowa Environmental Council has found in a review of prior research that consumption of drinking water containing higher levels of nitrates (nitrogen-based compounds usually associated with fertilizer runoff) is now linked to a number of human health effects. Those include birth defects related to brain and spinal development as well as bladder and thyroid cancers. The...

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Enjoy Eco-Friendly Savings with Filtered Water

By simply switching from buying single-use plastic bottled water to using pure filtered tap water from your own home, you can save money and the environment. Consumers continue to drink bottled water in part because they think it is safer or better than tap water. Consumers spend much more per litre for water in a plastic bottle than they would for water flowing from their own taps. Rather than buying into this myth of purity in a bottle, consumers should drink from the tap. Bottled water generally is no cleaner, or safer, or healthier than tap water. In some cases, beverage and bottled water companies use misleading labels, including marketing bottled tap water as spring water. It is estimated that...

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How Much is Hard Water Costing?

A 2mm build up of lime scale causes a 20% inefficiency in your heating system so, an average heating bill of €1500 per year could save up to €300 by installing a water softener. The copper cylinder scales up making it work harder and it becomes less efficient. Shower head scales up, sending water in all directions and then reduces flow to a trickle. Shower door & drainer becomes covered in lime mineral deposits. Lime scale deposits forms on taps & sanitary ware. Scum is left on surfaces after water is drained away. This quickly forms a scum around the edge of the bath and sink. You use twice as much soap, shampoo and washing powders, etc. Descalers are needed...

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