Updated: 25/10/17 : 06:20:08
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Irish Water must improve water quality in North West

Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Marc Mac Sharry says the latest EPA report on water treatment plants outlines the need for investment and upgrades at facilities across Sligo, Donegal and Leitrim. 

The report found that Collooney, Ballymote, Tubercurry and Manorhamilton did not meet European waste water standards in 2016, while Bundoran was one of the towns singled out for discharging raw sewage.

Deputy Mac Sharry commented, “The failure of these towns to meet European standards is extremely worrying and has major public health implications for people living in these areas. 

"There are a number of waste water plants across Sligo, Donegal and Leitrim that are in urgent need of upgrade works to cope with population demands, however the progress on these facilities has been minimal.

“These waste water treatment plants play an essential role in eliminating harmful bacteria and viruses and ensuring that they don’t enter our ecosystems and drinking water. 

"However, some of the plants in Sligo need essential upgrade works to ensure that they are fit for purpose."

Marc Mac Sharry TD said the water quality has major public health implications for local people

“Irish Water says it has a €326m project to address waste water issues between now and 2021. 

"Progress in this area has not gone far enough to date and we need to see a concerted effort from Irish Water to ensure that the necessary works are carried out on plants across Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal to bring these facilities up to standard,” concluded the Sligo based TD.

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