Speaking at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPAs) Water Conference in Galway yesterday (June 11th), minister of state at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Michael Kitt, explained the country’s water aims.

Substantial capital investment in infrastructure, combined with a more stringent regulatory framework was highlighted as the keystone of the department’s intentions.

Improvements over the last year were brought to light, such as new and more comprehensive powers being given to the EPA, which allows the agency “to look at all aspects of supply from source to tap, including reviewing historical failures to meet E coli or other standards”, Mr Kitt said.

Increased funding will also allow enhancements in the ways through which water is monitored and measured, he commented.

Meanwhile, subsidies for group water schemes will be increased, in order to better provide for community initiatives that supply drinking water to households, farms and small businesses.

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