Eleven sites in Donegal have been identified as area where raw sewage is being discharged, according to a new report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2015, released recently, shows that a substantial increase in investment in public wastewater treatment infrastructure is needed to eliminate discharges of raw sewage, comply with European Union treatment standards.
The towns listed as those discharging the raw sewage are Bundoran, KIllybegs, Kilcar, Falcarragh, Ramelton, Rathmullan, St Johnston, Moville, Burtonport, Kerrykeel and the Collatee Housing Scheme in east Donegal.
It also detailed that counties of Cork, Donegal, Clare and Galway account for 32 (or 74%) of the areas discharging untreated waste water, while Cork, Donegal and Clare account for 13 (or 45%) of the areas that are non-compliant with the effluent quality standards.
The report also identified 18 urban areas where improvements are required to resolve “priority issues” in Donegal.
They are: Ballybofey-Stranorlar, Bundoran, Burtonport, Convoy, Coolatee Housing Scheme, Falcarragh, Glenties, Kerrykeel, Kilcar, Killybegs, Kilmacrennan, Lifford, Milford, Moville, Ramelton, Raphoe, Rathmullan and St Johnston.
Gerard O’Leary, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said: “The pace of resolving waste water treatment needs to improve. It is not acceptable that the timeframe to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage from over 20 areas has slipped by almost two years. We need to see increased capital investment and improved efficiencies in the delivery of the outstanding infrastructure necessary to protect our rivers, lakes and coastal waters and for a more sustainable quality of life.”