Louth had low level of compliance on public water supplies last year
Louth’s public water supplies had one of the lowest level of compliances with microbiological and chemical parameters in the country last year.
The Drinking Water Report for Public Supplies 2018 publication from the Environmental Protection Agency showed that there were 11 public supplies in Louth, serving a population of 141,505 people.
Of these 99.3% met microbiological compliance while 99.2% met chemical compliance. While both these figures are high only Offaly (98.5%) and Galway City (99.1%) had a lower level of microbiological compliance with 22 areas having full 100% compliance.
Similarly only Sligo (98.5%) had a lower level of chemical compliance.
Microbiological parameters include bacteria such as E. coli and Enterococci. Microbiological parameters are the most important health indicators of drinking water quality, particularly E. coli. If E.coliis found in drinking water, it can mean that the disinfection treatment process is not working properlyor that contamination has entered either the water reservoir or distribution pipes, after treatment.
Lead,trihalomethanesand pesticidescontinue to be the main chemical parameters of concern in public water supplies.
Despite these findings the standard of water in the county was deemed to be high with no boil water notices or water restrictions issued in 2018.