EPA Threatens Use Of “Hard Powers” On Irish Water Over Pace Of Wastewater Treatment Works

The EPA is warning Irish Water that it will use its “hard powers” unless it ups the pace in addressing wastewater treatment issues in Clare and further afield.

A report published by the agency has found that raw sewage is being released into the environment daily in 36 towns and villages nationwide, including Ballyvaughan, Clarecastle, Kilkee, Kilrush and Liscannor.

Works in four of those are expected to be carried out in 2021, with Kilkee to be complete by 2022.


In addition, 21 large towns and cities, including Lahinch and Shannon, where wastewater treatment did not meet EU standards, while the discharge of wastewater as the sole significant pressure on Kilmihil Stream.

Senior Inspector with the EPA Noel Byrne has been telling Clare FM’s James Mulhall that unless they up the pace, there will be legal action taken.