Damning Irish sewage treatment report

Irish urban wastewater networks had "significant deficiencies" at every stage in 2002, according to a government-commissioned study. Almost 90% of sewage catchment areas reported problems of flooding, pollution or collapse, 43% of wastewater was discharged "effectively untreated", and 13% of pumping stations reported serious deterioration or failure. Commenting on the study, environment minister Dick Roche said Ireland was nevertheless "well placed to meet the targets set in the [EU urban wastewater] directive, having increased our compliance rate from 25% in 2000 to 90% at the end of 2004". See press release, and study.

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