“This needs to be resolved without further delay.”

It’s not yet arrived at the dire, and potentially expensive, situation that the Northern Ireland water and sewage system is in, but the European Commission has given the Republic of Ireland government final written warnings “for failing to fully comply with a 2002 European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling requiring drinking water supply to be clear of [a] potentially deadly bacteria” and “for failing to comply with a 2005 ECJ ruling requiring greater controls on pollution of surface water by local authorities.”

If the responses to the written warning are unsatisfactory, the commission said it may ask the ECJ to impose financial penalties on Ireland.

From the Irish Times

If the responses to the written warning are unsatisfactory, the commission said it may ask the ECJ to impose financial penalties on Ireland.

The commission has also decided to refer Ireland to the ECJ for failing to give adequate rights to citizens to legally challenge decisions in cases involving environmental impact assessments and pollution prevention and control.

Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said “I am concerned that, more than four years after a court ruling, and despite substantial Government investments, a significant number of local authority and private water supplies still show a presence of E.coli.

“This needs to be resolved without further delay.”