Lots of people assume that because their water comes from a well or a spring that
it’s completely pure and safe to drink, but that is not necessarily the case.
We estimate that up to 50,000 private wells in Ireland are contaminated with
human or animal waste and this can cause significant threat to people’s health
Well contamination can arise from exposure to animal waste, pesticides and general agricultural runoff caused by periods of excessive rain. Although affected water can show signs of discoloration or odour, the nature of the microbial bacteria means that it can completely unnoticed while still posing a health risk.
Well Water Treatment
The news comes as the EPA launches its ‘Protect your well’ campaign, which includes a new app and website instructions on how to test a well for contamination.
The Irish Times Thu, Jun 5, 2014, 11:38
Water from third of Irish wells ‘contaminated with E. coli’
EPA says cases of variant strain of bacteria rose from 284 in 2011 to 704 last year
First published:Thu, Jun 5, 2014, 11:38
Recent studies revealed that Ireland has the highest incidence of VTEC (Verotoxigenic E. coli), a particularly nasty form of the bacteria, in Europe.
Cases of the variant strain have increased in the State from 284 in 2011 to 704 in 2013. The bacteria is known to induce symptoms such as abdominal cramps and diarrhoea as well as potential kidney failure for children, according to Dr Una… Continue reading