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Cryptosporidium in the water supply

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Crypto. You find it in poop. And now tap water... Irish Times

Only last week we wrote about Cryptosporidium outbreaks in petting zoos, but now there seems to be a lot of it in Connemara and Cork.

Irish Water has identified Cryptosporidium contamination in the public water supply and has issued ten thousand homes and businesses in Cork with boil water notices over fears of contaminated drinking water. The state utility has advised some 4,700 people dependent on the public supply in Carraroe to boil their water until further notice. This follows a similar notice issued for Leitir Móir / Tír an Fhia in south and west Connemara in January.

Sinn Féín senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has criticised Irish Water for failing to upgrade the Carraroe scheme when it was directed to by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He said “This supply has been substandard for years and the EPA have indicated for the last number of years that there has been insufficient protection for Cryptosporidium“. Construction of an upgraded treatment plant is not expected to start until late August or early September with a completion date for February of next year, despite €400,000 of funding having already been made available.

Until then customers in the impacted areas have been advised to boil all water for drinking, food preparation, brushing of teeth and making of ice. 

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