09 December 2019: The EPA has today published the Water Quality…
Water Quality in Ireland 2013-2018
The EPA report Water Quality In Ireland 2013-2018 was originally released on December 10 2019. Dr Shane O’Boyle from the EPA Water Programme recently recorded this presentation to give each local authority Strategic Policy Committee a national overview of water quality in Ireland.
Water quality in Ireland 2013-2018: key findings
- Assessment shows only 53% of our surface water bodies have satisfactory water quality.
- 92% of groundwater bodies, 80% of coastal waters, 53% of rivers, 50% of lakes and 38% of estuaries were found to be of satisfactory quality.
- Since the last full assessment, river water quality has got worse, with a net decline of 5.5% (128 water bodies) in the status of river water bodies.
- We are continuing to see a loss of the pristine (‘best of the best’) river water bodies. There are now just 20 pristine river sites down from over 500 sites in the late 1980s.
- The number of seriously polluted river water bodies (the ‘worst of the worst’) has started to rise – from 6 to 9 – after many years of an improving trend.
- The number of fish kills increased to 40 in 2018 after a historic low of 14 in 2017. It is likely that the hot summer and low flow conditions in 2018 had an impact on this.