High Nitrate Levels in Drinking Water Supplies

Farm Nitrates in Drinking Water

In a recent report, the Irish EPA has issued a warning that just under half of Irish rivers (47%), just under a quarter of groundwater (24%) and over one fifth of estuary and coastal waters (21%) have nitrogen levels that are too high. It noted that many of the rivers in south of Ireland including the counties of Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford are under pressure with excessive nitrogen caused by intensive farming, including intensive dairy farming and other agricultural activities. There are many private water wells in the intensive farming areas of these counties, particularly in the Golden Vale and Mid-West region, many of which could be affected by high nitrogen levels. To protect your family’s health and ensure...

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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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How Well is Your Water?

Wells can become polluted without showing any noticeable difference in taste or smell. It is advisable, as a precaution, to disinfect your well at least once a year. Contaminated well water is in many cases a hidden danger to which the very young, the elderly and the sick are at most risk. For more information on protecting your well water, read the information guide and advice for private well owners from the HSE South east. [embeddoc url="https://uisce4u.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/How-well-is-your-water.pdf" download="all" viewer="google"]

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