A report published last week shows that almost one third of private water wells in Longford had ‘boil water’ notices in 2015.
According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), there are three private group schemes in the county and 17 small private supplies.
Six of them had ‘boil water’ notices in 2015, compared to none in Roscommon and Leitrim.
There are three private group schemes in the county serving a population of 350, while there are 17 small private supplies exist servicing 120 people.
Out of these, the six boil water notices were served.
Other key findings indicate that nationally there were 92 public group water schemes; 30 private group water schemes and 864 small private supplies that were not monitored for E. coli during 2015.
Of the 864 small private supplies, 270 served hotels, restaurants or other premises serving food or drink to the public, 99 served schools or childcare centres and 23 served nursing homes.
98.1 per cent of samples complied with microbiological parameters and the percentage of schemes fully compliant with the E. coli standard included 100 per cent of Public group water schemes; 96.1 per cent of Private group water schemes and 94.8 per cent of Small private supplies.
“Despite recent improvements to private water supplies, there were 94 private water supplies affecting over 5,400 people on boil water notices,” Gerard O’Leary, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said.
“Further improvements are required.”