Drinking water comes from various different sources, such as lakes, rivers, streams, springs and boreholes fed by rain and ground water. All water supplies for human consumption must must be free from micro-organisms, parasites and any substances that endanger public health.
Unfortunately the quality of Irish water frequently leaves a lot to be desired.
Factors affecting water quality
Several factors can affect the quality of water sources. If there is high rainfall, for example, rivers and streams in flood may become discoloured. If rainfall is low, these sources can dry up altogether.
Other factors include the type of soil in an area, increased agricultural or residential development, use of pesticides, breakdowns in the treatment process, power outages, lack of proper filtration or disinfection equipment or dirt in distribution pipes, leakage from septic tanks or other domestic… Continue reading