A new EPA report into the quality of drinking water around the country, has found marked improvements in the quality of tap water in both North and South Tipperary. The report shows that water in South Tipperary achieved 100% compliance in microbiological parameters which is an increase in quality from 99.8% in 2010, and 99.7% compliance with chemical parameters which is also an increase in quality compared with 99.1% in 2010.
Meanwhile, in North Tipp the same report shows that water here achieved 100% compliance in microbiological parameters - the same as in 2010, or 100% compliance with chemical parameters - an increase in quality compared with 99.9% in 2010.
The key findings in North Tipp are: “Contamination of public supplies with the potentially dangerous e.coli bacteria is down almost 90% nationwide since 2005. Private wells and bad weather are a growing cause for concern. ‘The Provision and Quality of Drinking Water in Ireland, A Report for the Year 2011’ is based on results from 250,000 monitoring tests and shows that public water supplies serving more than 80% of the Irish population have improved every year since the EPA created a Remedial Action List to tackle drinking water problems over four years ago. There were 339 public water supplies on the EPA’s Remedial Action List when it was created four years ago, there are now 168. Remedial works are due for completion on a further 100 by the end of 2013, three of which are in North Tipperary.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.