High Levels of THM’s In West Cork Water Supply

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The Southern Star newspaper is reporting concerns by the EPA that drinking water supplies in Schull, Kealkil and Drimoleague, had shown high levels of THMs (trihalomethanes) – chemicals which, according to the WHO (World Health Organisation), contain suspected carcinogens (agents that can cause cancer). THM’s or Trihalomethanes develop when naturally-occurring organic and inorganic materials in treated water react with disinfectants like chlorine and chloramine. Some people who drink water containing total trihalomethanes in excess of the recommended limit over many years could experience liver, kidney, or central nervous system problems and are prone to increased risk of cancer. According to the Southern Star report, the EPA has recommended that current treatment plants at Kealkil and Drimoleague be ‘abandoned’. The Drimoleague supply should be connected to Skibbereen’s facility, and Kealkil to Bantry’s. It is proposed to upgrade the Schull plant to include an additional filter system, and the installation of ozone treatment. While the above plans were originally scheduled for completion by December 2014, Irish Water has now revised that date to December 2018…Read More (PDF)

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