Tipperary Towns Urged To Improve Collection And Treatment Of Waste Water

Waste water: Commission urges IRELAND to improve the collection and treatment of waste water

The European Commission is calling on Ireland to ensure that urban waste water is adequately treated in 38 agglomerations around the country.

Under EU law (Council Directive 91/271/EEC), towns and cities are required to collect and treat their urban waste water, as untreated waste water can put human health at risk and pollute lakes, rivers, soil and coastal and groundwater.

Member States had until the end of 1998 to ensure stringent treatment for waste water from agglomerations discharging into sensitive areas. They had until the end of 2000 to ensure appropriate collecting systems and treatment were in place for discharges from treatment plants serving large agglomerations discharging into undesignated waters.

The last deadline elapsed at the end of 2005 and required the setting up of collecting systems and treatment for discharges from medium-sized and small agglomerations discharging into freshwater and estuaries agglomerations.

The 38 agglomerations in breach of these requirements are: Arklow, Athlone, Ballybofey/Stranorlar, Ballincollig New, Carringtwohill, Castlecomer, Cavan, Clifden, Clonakilty, Cobh, Cork City, Dundalk, Enfield, Enniscorthy, Fermoy, Gaoth Dobhair, Killarney, Killybegs, Longford, Mallow, Midleton, Monksland, Navan, Nenagh, Oberstown, Passage/Monktown, Portarlington, Rathcormac, Ringaskiddy, Ringsend, Roscommon Town, Roscrea, Shannon Town, Thurles, Tralee, Tubbercurry, Youghal and Waterford City.

Today’s reasoned opinion follows an additional letter of formal notice sent to the Irish authorities in September 2015. If Ireland fails to act within two months, the case may be referred to the Court of Justice of the EU.

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