Just one location in Kerry featured in the Urban Waste report by the Environmental Protection Agency. Ballylongford was among the 45 urban areas with no treatment or preliminary treatment only in 2014. In December last year Kerry County Council said there had been significant investment in the Waste Water Plant network including Ballylongford, Waterville and Tarbert and this was reflected in the then EPA report. From January 1st last year Irish Water took over responsibility for the water and wastewater infrastructure in Ireland. Kerry County Council is continuing to work with them to ensure investment in the water and wastewater network. The new EPA report has found raw sewage is being discharged into rivers, lakes and coastal areas in 45 locations around the country. The Environmental Protection Agency’s also found that those waste water discharges are contributing to poor water quality at 7 Irish bathing spots. This Urban Waste Water report from the EPA shows that of the areas where raw sewage is being pumped into rivers, lakes and coastal areas – more than half are in Cork, Donegal and Galway. In the 45 places listed, waste water received no treatment or just preliminary treatment before being discharged. It’s having an effect on the quality of bathing water in a number of areas including Clifden and Ballyloughane beaches in Galway and Youghal Front Strand in Cork. The report also shows that 31 larger towns and cities, including Dublin, are failing to meet European Union standards. In a statement, Irish water says the discharge of untreated sewage at 45 urban locations will end by 2021. The company says it plans to invest another 2 billion euro in wastewater infrastructure over the next six years.