Irish drinking water spending hits new record
The Irish government will invest a record €110m in 2004 on tackling polluted rural water supplies, the environment ministry announced on Monday. Spending has risen every year for eight years and is now ten times higher than in 1997, the ministry noted. The drive to "consign polluted rural water supplies... to the history books" was given impetus in 2002 when Ireland was condemned by the European court of justice over the problem (EED 14/1/02). About 46,000 rural households are still served by water that fails EU cleanliness standards. See press release.
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