The problems with Irish water

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Opinion: reliable safe water and sanitation for all are necessary for public health, but climate change is making our water problems even worse

The frightening scenes in Clifden earlier this month, when flooding led to the closure of roads and bridges, are another reminder that climate change is making our water problems even worse. In its recent report on drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that the public water supply is not secure.

From RTÉ One’s Six One News, a report on the unprecedented flooding in Clifden in September 2020 after torrential rain

Water provision is a public health issue. For example, the European Commission has given Ireland a four-month deadline to solve a chemical contamination issue which affects the drinking water supply of 180,000 people. The commission said the continued exposure of people to trihalomethane was a health risk and a breach of the EU’s Drinking Water Directive.

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