Ireland's water quality challenge reviewed

EPA records first river quality improvement since 1971, underlines need for further actions

Irish river water quality improved between 1995-97 and 1998-2000 for the first time since 1971, according to a survey released by the country's environmental protection agency (EPA). But the report also demonstrates continuing challenges, especially related to agricultural pollution.

In overview, overloaded sewage treatment plants, poorly maintained household septic tanks and uncontrolled emissions from farming activities are seen as the main contributors to current problems.

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