Council to carry out works on 'at risk' Offaly rivers

The work is to ensure water quality

Justin Kelly

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Justin Kelly

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Council to carry out works on 'at risk' Offaly rivers

Council to carry out works on 'at risk' Offaly rivers

Offaly County Council has given notice of upcoming works to improve the water quality in our rivers, streams and groundwater.

This work is undertaken to protect and restore our natural waters as required under the Water Framework Directive.
While County Offaly’s groundwater and surface waters are generally of good quality, there are many impacts and pressures that need to be addressed to bring all waters up to a satisfactory level.

The Council identify the catchments to be assessed based on risk, and are continuing this work in 2018 focusing on the following catchments: the Silver River (Kilcormac), the Gageborough River and also continuing works in the Kilcomin & Shinrone Streams, all of which are currently at risk of not meeting good water quality status.

An initial investigative assessment will be undertaken by sampling the water along the stream/river. On the basis of these
results, assessments will be undertaken on pressures which may pose a risk to water quality. The work aims to improve the water quality in the watercourses.

All this work falls under the Water Framework Directive, the European Union (Water Policy) Regulations 2014, the Water
Pollution Acts 1977 - 1990, Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 (for septic tanks) and the European Communities (Good
Agricultural Practice for Protection of Waters) Regulations 2017 as amended.

You can find more information about the current status of your local rivers and streams on www.catchments.ie and if you have any queries in relation to this matter please contact the Water Quality Team, Environment & Water Services Section, Offaly County Council at (057) 93 57403.

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