The largest public water supply in Kerry doesn’t have a proper treatment system in place to deal with the cryptosporidium parasite.
That’s according to the Environmental Protection Agency which says cryptosporidium in the Loughguittane treatment plant is the most urgent matter to be dealt with in the public water supply in Kerry.
The agency yesterday published a report identifying problems with water supplying 90 percent of the population of Kerry.
The EPA published a list of public water supplies in Kerry which require remedial action – a quarter of all such supplies nationally are in Kerry.
More than 130,000 people in the county are being served by drinking water from supplies on the list.
Among the problems outlined were elevated levels of pesticides, failure to meet E.coli standards and inadequate treatment for cryptosporidium.
Cryptosporidium was identified in plants at Loughguittane, Ballinskelligs, Kenmare, Lauragh, Templenoe and Mountain Stage.
Darragh Page of the EPA says the upgrading of Loughguittane near Killarney – which serves 107,000 people in Kerry – must be a priority:
Irish Water says however that a new water treatment plant at Loughguittane is a priority.
Gerry Grant from the utility says many of the dates put forward by local authorities for the completion of schemes were unrealistic.
He says a new plant at Loughguittane is being advanced: