Drinking Water Quality in Public Supplies 2020

This report is an overview of the quality of drinking water in public water supplies and public group schemes during 2020.

It is based on the assessment of monitoring results reported to the EPA by Irish Water and local authorities, and on the EPA’s enforcement activities

Summary of key actions recommended for Irish Water

• Complete upgrades to resolve issues with the drinking water supplies on the RAL, without further delays, to ensure risks to drinking water quality are addressed.
• Progress the assessments of disinfection systems, including rechecking of the chlorine contact times, to ensure drinking water is adequately disinfected and free from bacteria. Critical alarms and monitors must be functioning at all times.
• Substantially progress drinking water safety plan assessments to identify risks at drinking water supplies to safeguard the long-term security of water supplies and mitigate the risk.
• Expedite lead connection replacements. The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government needs to publish the progress report on the national lead strategy.

At the end of 2020, 46 supplies were on the RAL.

Supplies on RAL for inadequate treatment for protozoa or with protozoa failures

Supplies on RAL for THM or with THM failures

Supplies on RAL for pesticides or with pesticides failures

Supplies with notices in place in 2020 and their duration

Who’s Who in Group Water Schemes: National Federation of Group Water Schemes

Barry Deane
Chief Executive Officer

087-6866099
barry@nfgws.ie
24 Old Cross Square, Monaghan, H18 NX30

Seán Clerkin
Strategic Policy Advisor

087-2808472
sean@nfgws.ie
24 Old Cross Square, Monaghan, H18 NX30

Julie Brannigan
Clerical Officer

087-9574892 
julie@nfgws.ie
24 Old Cross Square, Monaghan, H18 NX30

Brian MacDonald
Research & Evaluation Officer
087-2028051
brian@nfgws.ie
24 Old Cross Square, Monaghan, H18 NX30

Catriona Devaney
DBO Validation Officer
087-2357157
catriona@nfgws.ie
Unit 52, N17 Business Park, Galway Road, Tuam, County Galway, H54 HN20

Seán Corrigan
Source Protection Pilot Project Programme Lead
087-4435674
scorrigan@nfgws.ie
Unit 52, N17 Business Park, Galway Road, Tuam, County Galway, H54 HN20

Mark Farrelly
Education, Information and Research Officer
087-6124089
mark@nfgws.ie
24 Old Cross Square, Monaghan, H18 NX30

Jean Rosney
Senior Development Co-ordinator

Covering Counties: Cavan & Monaghan
087-2509225
jean@nfgws.ie
24 Old Cross Square, Monaghan, H18 NX30

Joe Gallagher
Senior Development Co-ordinator
Covering Counties: Limerick, Offaly & Westmeath
087-2808471
joe@nfgws.ie
12 Henry Street, Tullamore, County Offaly, R35 POA2

Róisín Dowd Smith
Climate Change & Development Officer
Covering Counties: Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Longford, Louth, Laois, Meath, Wicklow & Wexford
087-3527439
roisin@nfgws.ie
12 Henry Street, Tullamore, County Offaly, R35 POA2

Adrian Smyth
Biodiversity & Development Officer
Covering Counties: Cork, Clare, Kerry, Tipperary & Waterford
087-2126344
adrian@nfgws.ie
12 Henry Street, Tullamore, County Offaly, R35 POA2

Karen Carney
Health & Safety and Development Officer
Covering County Galway
087-2934297
karen@nfgws.ie
Unit 52, N17 Business Park, Galway Road, Tuam, County Galway, H54 HN20

Paul Connolly
Quality Assurance & Development Officer
Covering Counties: Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon & Sligo
087-7478399
paul@nfgws.ie
Unit 52, N17 Business Park, Galway Road, Tuam, County Galway, H54 HN20

Patrick McCabe
Source Protection Officer
Covering Counties: Cavan & Monaghan
087-3462967
patrick@nfgws.ie
24 Old Cross Square, Monaghan, H18 NX30

Latest public (redacted) version of the EPA Water Abstraction Register

Notes:

Does not contain any drinking water abstractions (there are approx 1,200 more abstractions by Irish Water, and another unknown amount by Group Water Schemes)

Unclear if it contains the 25 plastic water bottling plants in Ireland, eg Ballygowan.

Redacts the names of the abstracting entities

Obscures the abstraction locations, so in an industrial complex you cannot tell which entity is abstracting

This is a Register not a Licensing system, so may be incomplete

Limited to just the really large abstractions (over 25,000 litres per day) so cumulative impact of smaller multiple abstractions are not included

With all these limitations, it remains useful as a starting point for anyone seeking to understand water abstraction in Ireland