EPA: More urgent action needed to prevent raw sewage being pumped into sea

‘Significant funding is required for waste water treatment if pollution and health risks to be avoided’.

That’s according to the EPA who have issued a new report highlighting once again that raw sewerage is continuing to be pumped into the sea at 43 towns and cities around the country.

A number of areas in the north west are highlighted on the report as areas where upgrading of the sewerage treatment systems is needed urgenty.

Just yesterday, Irish Water announced an upgrade to sewerage treatment in a number of areas of Sligo including Grange and Strandhill.

Earlier this year it announced a significant investment to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure in Killybegs, Bundoran, Glencolumbkille and Convoy in Donegal.

Killybegs and Bundoran are two of the over 40 towns were where untreated sewage continues to be discharged directly.

Sean Laffey – Head of Asset Management at Irish Water – says these two Donegal towns are among the worst affected areas highlighted in the report: