Ireland Hit By New European Commission Case Over Water Contamination

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The European Commission has opened an infringement case against Ireland in the EU Court of Justice because it has continued to exceed the limits of trihalomethane contamination in drinking water supplies across the country. Trihalomethanes (THMs) are toxic compounds which occur as a result of a reaction between organic materials, like peaty soil, when chlorine is added as a disinfectant. Earlier this year, Irish Water was fined €6,000 for delays in carrying out work at six water treatment plans in Donegal to reduce levels of THMs.

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