Water pollution crisis fuelled by reckless intensification of agriculture

The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) is calling for immediate action from Government to address dramatic increases in pollution of our rivers, lakes and bays, following today’s publication of a report on water quality from the EPA.[1] The report highlights that one third of our rivers and a quarter of our lakes are failing water quality … Read more

Lack of political will at root of sewage pollution

The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) is calling for immediate action from government to dramatically improve Ireland’s waste water infrastructure, following today’s publication of a report from the EPA on Urban Waste Water Treatment.[1] The report highlights that raw sewage from 35 towns and villages flows into our water every day and waste water treatment in … Read more

Ireland receives warning from European Commission over lack of water regulation

The European Commission has issued a warning to Ireland over failure to comply with key EU water law (Water Framework Directive) due to a lack of legislation and appropriate controls for water abstraction (extraction).(1) The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) has warned that the bill drafted to resolve this regulatory gap will not meet the requirements … Read more

Proposed Abstraction Bill will fail to regulate majority of water abstractions in Ireland – creating risk for environment and potential breaches of EU regulations

The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) has today launched a report on water abstraction in Ireland, highlighting the risks and potential impact of the State’s insufficient monitoring and regulation. (1) The Network of twenty-five environmental groups has also expressed significant concern over the draft ‘Water Environment (Abstractions) Bill’ scheduled for pre-legislative scrutiny this week. The Network … Read more

Key EU water law to remain – Ireland must get to work without delay to turn the tide of decline in our water environment says the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN

In a landmark day for Europe’s rivers, lakes, coasts and wetlands, following a two-year review [1], the European Commission announced yesterday that key water law – the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) [2] – will not be changed [3]. The law requires that 100% of the EU’s freshwater and coastal ecosystems are in good health … Read more