Water pollution at the heart of Irish economy
Water pollution is at the root of Irish economic woes, with millions of people being left to rely on contaminated water sources and a shortage of fresh water to treat their sick pets, an Irish Times poll has found.
The poll of more than 1,000 people found that the country has the third-highest level of water pollution in Europe, after France and Germany.
The figure was the highest of any EU country, after Ireland and Italy.
More than 70% of respondents said they had been exposed to water pollution, according to the survey conducted by the Irish Water Agency (IWA) and the University of Limerick.
Pollution is not only caused by a lack of water in Ireland, it is also affecting people’s health, with more than three-quarters of respondents saying they had suffered from a medical condition that had worsened due to water contamination.
More: “The Irish people are at the forefront of the battle against water pollution and they are also suffering because of it,” IWA’s chief executive, Dr Peter Fitzgerald, said.
“It is the number one reason for the Irish public not having access to clean drinking water.”
The IWA poll also found that over one in four respondents said the country’s water management systems were inadequate.
This is a situation that has worsened in recent years.
“A recent survey found that only 12% of people in Ireland feel that their local water authority is meeting the water quality targets set by the European Union.”
In the case of Ireland, that means that the water treatment plant at Ballymun is not meeting the EU water quality standards, despite the fact that it is a key site for the supply of water to Ireland.
“‘Water crisis’ A new report commissioned by the IWA found that water quality in Ireland is “the most serious public health problem in the country” and has worsened with the arrival of a massive influx of people to the country in recent decades.
More recent research from the IWM found that Ireland has the fifth highest rate of water contamination in Europe.
It found that 1,084,000 litres of water were used to treat a population of just over 100,000, or 3.6 million litres, every day.
It was also found by the study that the average level of contamination in Ireland was four times higher than that of any other EU country.
The figures show that Ireland also has the sixth highest rate in Europe of households using more than half their household water needs.
The average household in the Irish Republic of Ireland has 2,852 litres of tap water per person per day.
More people than ever before are taking the time to wash their hands with the tap water, according a study by the University College Dublin, which found that people were washing their hands at an average rate of about three times the level in the UK and almost three times higher in France. “
People are drinking less water than in the past, especially in Ireland,” Dr Fitzgerald said.
More people than ever before are taking the time to wash their hands with the tap water, according a study by the University College Dublin, which found that people were washing their hands at an average rate of about three times the level in the UK and almost three times higher in France.
“This is the greatest public health crisis we have seen in recent history, with water being used as the principal water source for over half of our population,” Dr Fitzsimons said.
The study also found a significant increase in the number of households who did not have the opportunity to get their water treatment treated.
More and more people are not having a chance to get a clean drink of water, Dr Fitzgerald added.
“The average amount of water that a household needs to drink a drink of is now nearly three times that of the average person, and we are going to have a water crisis in Ireland in the coming years.”
‘A new crisis’ As a result, Ireland is facing a water-related health crisis.
The IWA surveyed more than 100 people across the country about their experience of water and health, and found that more than two-thirds of respondents reported that they had experienced water pollution at least once.
It also found an increase in cases of diarrhoea, as well as water-borne illness.
More on water pollution Water pollution has a significant impact on the health of people, especially when it impacts people’s wellbeing and the quality of their lives, said IWA chief executive Dr Peter Fitzsimon.
More importantly, water pollution is often the cause of serious health problems, with the IWAs own report finding that about one in five people in the Republic of Irish have had a health problem linked to water.
A significant number of people who have had water contamination due to the effects of water have also reported a loss of their appetite, a reduction in their ability to move around and a reduction of their memory.
The Irish Times Poll also found the number and seriousness of water-pollution-related problems has increased dramatically in recent times.
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