The EPA have revealed serious sewage problems across the nation.
A shocking EPA report has revealed that human sewage is being dumped in its raw state in 43 locations around the country.
The Environmental protection agency has called on the Government to act quickly to clean up the current sewage crisis around Ireland. The call comes for a substantial increase in investment in public waste water treatement infrastructure to protect public health and the environment on foot of substantial discharges of raw sewage.
29 towns and cities were included in the EPA’s findings including Cork City, Cobh, Youghal, Arklow, Ringsend, Lahinch, Ennistymon, Clifden with many more failing to meet mandatory EU sewage standards, the deadline for which was set ten years ago.
Untreated sewage is being dumped into the sea and rivers in 43 places, including 10 locations in Cork and 11 in Donegal.
The report found that waste water from 45 areas was linked to river pollution. The problems have arose from nearly a decade of under investment by the state.
Speaking on RTE radio 1 this morning David Flynn, EPA programme manager called for funding of nearly 300 million a year for the next five to seven years to tackle the problem.
The untreated sewage poses a potential health risk across the nation.