Doonbeg Priority Area for Action Desktop Report


Nov 2020

WFD app shows the water quality at Kilmihil stream is at Poor status due to elevated nutrient concentrations

WFD app indicates that sediment is the significant issue and the pressures are possibly forestry and/or an operational quarry upstream

Licence Register No. A0091-01 Kilmihil

The phosphate is likely to be reaching the river through discharge from UWWTP (Kilmihil Urban Waste Water Treatment Plant). Kilmihil wastewater treatment plant was identified in the EPA initial characterisation as the sole significant pressure on the Kilmihil Stream waterbody

EPA notes that this plant is overloaded (i.e. raw sewage is discharging untreated or partially treated to the river)

Last inspection was Nov 2019

Kilmihil licence file:

Latest filings:

No waste water treatment facility in the village of Cooraclare

Forestry on peat soils

Operational quarry on Tullagower Stream, Section 4 licensed facility (former quarry, now a waste recycling/recovery facility).

Note: Cannot locate quarry/recycling center, or related section 4 license, and not referenced by name in report. Maybe Tullagower Quarries ? waste farm plastics ?

National Waste Water Capacity Registers

IrishWater maintain a register of wastewater treatment capacity, by settlement

Each register gives an indication of available capacity (green, amber, red), and if a related WWTP project is planned or underway

Example: Wicklow

All capacity registers are listed here:

Castlegar Priority Area for Action Desktop Report

May 2020



The Mountbellew Drainage district is present in this waterbody. Information taken from the WFD app suggests that HYMO is having an impact on the Castlegar_010 ecological status.

The IFI reported issues with management of the drainage districts – untrained drivers who don’t provide plans to fisheries. During the 2014 survey the EPA biologists noted that the river had been resectioned/over-deepened.

The river would appear to be very straight and there are a number of land drains feeding into the main channel

Number of livestock crossing points and drinking points

Mountbellew and Moylough WWTP discharges

Note: Bord Na Mona are not maintaining the silt traps near the Shiven River.

Jiggy (Hind) Priority Area for Action Desktop Report

Jan 2020



Landfill waste (Roscommon Landfill, closed)

Urban Run-off

Combined sewer overflows

The main pathway in the urban environment will be pipes in the form of primary or secondary discharges from WwTp, Combined Sewer overflows, pumping stations and misconnections.

Hydromorphology (the river has been heavily modified for flood risk)

Awbeg (Buttevant) West Priority Area for Action Desktop Report


Feb 2020

Value as trout habitat (IFI)

Hydromorphology/channelization is significant pressure

Agriculture: ammonia, phosphate and nitrate levels are periodically elevated


Liscarroll wastewater treatment plant: operating under capacity, but biology was poor in previous cycles and receiving waterbody has deteriorated to poor status

AIE: Irish Water locations of emergency overflows on the sewer network to rivers, and how these are activated in the event of mechanical failure

AIE Response

A list of current known locations of emergency overflows on the network to waterbodies (including rivers) has been compiled.

Emergency overflows on the sewer network are located at wastewater pumping stations and can activate in the event of the following failure modes; (a) an equipment failure or (b) power failure or (c) pump blockage.

Where there is a storm water overflow/combined sewer overflow at a pumping which operates under gravity, it can also operate as an emergency overflow under the same failure modes.

These storm water overflow/combined sewer overflows have been also included on the list.

Site surveys, assessments and checking of data is an on-going process and what has been listed is a snapshot and represents the current data that we have.

With regard to agglomeration D0510 the wastewater treatment plant and wastewater pump station are both alarmed. A new alarm system was installed at SW003 (Crooked Wood PS ), which has been operational since April 2021 and is routinely tested . No overflow events have been recorded from the plant in 2021 or from the network pumping station at Crooked Wood since this alarm system has been operational.

Allow Priority Area for Action Desktop Report

August 2018


The Allow is part of the Munster Blackwater SAC which contains Otter, Salmon, Shad, Lamprey and Freshwater Pearl Mussel among others.

The RaptorLife project and IRD Duhallow are active in area with the possibility of ongoing agri-environment projects.

The main risk of diffuse pollution is likely to be phosphate via overland flow as well as sedimentation from modified channels and drainage

Failing to meet protected area objectives for Freshwater Pearl Mussel (19 of 27 catchments of S.I. 296 2009)

Kanturk WWTP

North Cork Creameries Co-operative (Section 4 site) – licensed industry with chemistry indicating elevated levels of phosphate and ammonia

EPA file for North Cork Creameries Co-operative is here

EPA: Environmental Liabilities Risk Assessment spreadsheet

This is an Excel spreadsheet for Urban Waste Water Treatment Plants for Environmental Liabilities Risk Assessment

Risk Matrix–enforcement/licensees/reporting/Copy-of-REV-2-Blank-Spreadsheet-ELRA.xlsx

Pre AIE request:

Are risk assessments spreadsheets mandatory? and if so where are they published?