“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.”

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  • We’re knee deep in s**t as usual then…

  • Spinster

    Ireland is unusual in relying on surface water supplies. Pity all those new septic tanks are not working correctly. Drink up lads!

  • Crataegus

    Spinster

    I think the problem with septic tanks is detergents. In the past I have tried to have amendments to the Building Regs that would make it necessary to have separate systems for waste from toilets and waste from washing cloths etc. You really must not use Big Dom if you have a septic tank. That said it would be easy to make septic tanks work properly. It would cost less than £5000 per dwelling. There is not enough thought given to this by builders and often the septic tank is directed into the field ditch.

    People should be fined if they are causing pollution or there should be a system for inspecting the existing septic tanks and requiring those that fail to upgrade. There is no reason why they should not work if used properly.