Ireland breaches EU standards on safe drinking water

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The Court of Justice of the EU has found Ireland guilty of neglecting to ensure that drinking water was up to EU standards of safety.

The court found that the concentration of trihalomethanes in Irish drinking water has consistently exceeded EU safety limits. It was also ruled that Ireland failed to take corrective measures in order to ensure the quality of drinking water be restored to safe levels.

Trihalomethanes (THMs) are caused by a reaction between chlorine and naturally occuring organic matter found in water. Trihalomethanes, at elevated levels, have been known to cause cancer, diseases of the liver and kidneys, as well as other health problems.

Elevated levels of trihalomethanes were found in 21 public water supplies, including Bray and Greystones.

Other public water supplies included Kilkenny City; Ring, Co Waterford;Granard, Co Longford, and Schull, Co Cork.

The Irish government were informed of this breach in standards in May of 2015, and have met much criticism regarding their slow pace in taking action to rectify these matters.

The court have now issued a ruling that the government pay the legal costs of the case and immediatley go about restoring Irish drinking water to a safe standard.

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