Increased investment needed for waste water treatment- Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Water Eoin Ó Broin has commented on the EU Commission publication of its reasoned opinion calling on Ireland to improve the collection and treatment of waste water in 38 urban areas across the state. Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Today’s reasoned opinion from the EU Commission is another warning to the Irish government that it continues to be in breach of the urban waste-water treatment directive.The government received a letter of formal notice in September 2013 regarding the state’s perceived failure to fulfil obligations under Articles 3, 4, 5, 10 and 12 of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive.
“The 38 areas in question, which include Cork City, Dundalk, Roscommon town and Thurles, are said to be in breach of the directive’s requirement to ensure that appropriate collecting systems and treatments are in place for discharges from treatment plants serving large agglomerations discharging into undesignated waters.
“The consequences of years of neglecting to invest in our water infrastructure are now inescapable.
The government must now prioritise capital investment for the treatment plans that serve the 38 urban areas that are failing to meet the requirements to ensure that waste water is not spilling into our lakes, rivers and coastal areas.”