Inadequate Treatment of Cryptosporidium In Co Galway Drinking Water

Because of poor or inadequate water treatment in some areas of County Galway, cryptosporidium infected drinking water is putting almost 30,000 people in danger on a daily basis. In addition, elevated levels of THM's (trihalomethanes) are also found in Galway water supplies. Trihalomethanes are chemicals formed by the reaction of dissolved organic material and chlorine, which is used by water treatment plants to disinfect drinking water to protect against pathogenic bacteria. Cryptosporidium is a microscopic parasite, long associated with drinking water supplies in parts of Co Galway. The parasite lives in the bowels of humans and animals. Ingestion of the cryptosporidium parasite results in cryptosporidiosis which can cause severe intestinal problems if not treated and can be very serious for...

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Limerick Farms Use High Levels of MCPA Pesticide

Pesticides have been listed by the Irish EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) as potentially dangerous pollutants that may pose a significant risk to the water environment throughout the Republic of Ireland. Although pesticides and herbicides are a very important tool used by farmers in modern agriculture, they also pose a threat to human and animal health due to off-site migration and their detrimental effects on surface water and groundwater quality. Furthermore, the introduction of new products using new formulas or new ingredients in the manufacture of pesticides could result in diffuse inputs of new pollutants into the environment and the resultant environmental consequences are barely understood. Computed data shows that MCPA, Glyphosate, Chlorothalonil, Mecoprop-P, Chlormequat and Mancozeb are the six most...

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Conserving Water Outside

Grass in most parts of Ireland can survive for long periods without water and will quickly recover when the next rain showers arrive, and we all know that won't take too long. A  few simple things like raising lawnmower blades to a higher level will help stop grass from scorching in warm weather. Leaving the grass clippings on the lawn after mowing protects roots and returns nutrients to the soil. Watering cans! If you must water your plants, do it in the early morning or evening when it's cooler, watering during the day will only give the water an opportunity to evaporate. Put the hose back in the shed and always use a watering can fitted with a rose. Compost!...

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