Article courtesy of Celine Naughton | November 27th, 2016 | New Irish News | Shared as educational material.
So far this year, 86,000 people throughout Ireland and other nations have had to boil their water to make it safe to use or drink. While most of Ireland’s 962 drinking water supplies comply with regulations, the EPA’s latest drinking water remedial action list shows 108 “at-risk” areas that serve water service to over 800,000 people. These water supplies are variously described as having “inadequate treatment for cryptosporidium”, “elevated levels of pesticides”, “failed to meet e.coli/enterococci standard”, or “elevated levels of THMs”. The chemical compounds trihalomethanes (THMs) are the result of a reaction between the chlorine used for disinfecting tap water and natural organic matter in the water. At elevated levels, THMs have been associated with negative health effects such as cancer and problems with fertility and reproduction. Read more about this and other instances of crumbling water infrastructure here