Ireland not on track to meet clean water goals

Environmental protection agency says "extensive measures" are required to meet EU water quality targets

Ireland will have to take "extensive measures" to meet EU surface and groundwater quality goals by 2015 (EED 23/03/07), the Irish environmental protection agency said in a report released on Wednesday.

The analysis of water quality between 2004 and 2006 shows an overall improvement but progress made is insufficient and Ireland remains far from achieving EU goals.  The report found that a fifth of estuarine bodies, nearly a third of rivers and 15 per cent of lakes analysed were of unsatisfactory quality.  See press release and report.

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