EPA Drinking Water Remedial Action List Q4 of 2022

The Remedial Action list is a record of the public water supplies known to be at risk and where the EPA is requiring Irish Water to take corrective action. The EPA has instructed Irish Water to submit an action programme for the improvement of each of these supplies and has initiated enforcement action where action programmes were not being prepared or were not prepared to the satisfaction of the EPA. This includes issuing legally binding Directions requiring specific work to be carried out.

Vartry Water Treatment Plant Upgade: Schedule of Commitments and Related Documents

AIE Request, Dec 2022

Vartry Water Treatment Plant Schedule of Commitments

River Vartry Flow Monitoring Locations Assessment

RIVER VARTRY WETTED AREA HABITAT BASELINE ASSESSMENTS

RECORD OF HERITAGE STRUCTURES

Appendix

Compensatory Flows at Vartry Water Treatment Plant (Wicklow)

Includes RIVER VARTRY WETTED AREA HABITAT BASELINE ASSESSMENT Reports

Source: AIE to Irish Water

Nov 2022

AIE Request: Records from meetings of the National Pesticide and Drinking Water Action Group Working Group (NPDWAG)

National Pesticide and Drinking Water Action Group Working Group (NPDWAG) in 2021 & 2022:

  1. Records provided to NPDWAG by the EPA.
  2. Records provided to NPDWAG by Irish Water.
  3. Records provided to NPDWAG by APHA.

Veolia WWTP pumping station, Ashford, Wicklow

Ashford pumping station

26th Oct, 2022 5pm

No power

Holding tanks overflowing with a mixture of raw sewage and rainwater into the Varty river

Pumping station plant is run by Veolia, under contract to Irish Water

Reported to IFI who rang Irish water who then rang Veolia

Company run a similar pumping station in Rathnew

What is the alarm process WWTP pumping stations when power outages/pump failures release sewage into rivers?

EPA Drinking Water Remedial Action List Q2 of 2022

The Remedial Action list is a record of the public water supplies known to be at risk and where the EPA is requiring Irish Water to take corrective action.

The EPA has instructed Irish Water to submit an action programme for the improvement of each of these supplies and has initiated enforcement action where action programmes were not being prepared or were not prepared to the satisfaction of the EPA.

This includes issuing legally binding Directions requiring specific work to be carried out.

Waste Water Discharge – Application Form

This is the EPA Form used for the purpose of making an application for a Waste Water Discharge Authorisation under the European Union (Waste Water Discharge) Regulations 2007 to 2020, or for the review of an existing Waste Water Discharge authorisation

It’s useful as it outlines what data the EPA collect on waste water discharges

e.g.

is it on the EPA Waste Water Priority List?

is it on the EU infringement list?

where is the primary discharge point?

what is the current plant capacity, and the remaining capacity?

is the plant overloaded?

what is are the additional waste inputs eg domestic septic tanks, industrial waste water, leachate, bypass inputs?

is there an accident prevention procedure / emergency response plan?

are there alarms / telemetry on the plant?

is there groundwater monitoring in place?

what measures are in place to prevent unintended discharges?

is the plant identified as a significant pressure on the receiving waters?

have discharges contributed to a deterioration in the quality of the receiving waters?

is there drinking water abstraction downstream of the plant?

location of monitoring stations?

Disposal of milk to Irish Water sewers

Disposal of milk to sewers can create a shock load on treatment plants, with consequent pollution effects

2021

Grenagh Wastewater Treatment Plant in Cork, the plant could not cope with the volume of milk that required treatment, resulting in operational difficulties to treat the wastewater

Similar cases in

Rylane

Kilbrittain

Dripsey

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/corkman/news/cork-wastewater-plants-suffering-significant-strain-due-to-large-quantities-of-dumped-milk-41830665.html

https://www.farmersjournal.ie/improper-dumping-of-milk-damaging-wastewater-infrastructure-irish-water-709249

Note

As of July 2022, Grenagh Wastewater Treatment Plant is not listed as an EPA licensed WWTP

https://epawebapp.epa.ie/terminalfour/wwda/wwda-search.jsp?countyName=Cork&Submit=Search+by+County

Latest EPA information on Grenagh