Ireland’s water quality is assessed based on various parameters, including chemical composition, biological health, and physical characteristics. This comprehensive assessment is conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and provides insights into the condition of rivers, lakes, groundwater, and coastal waters. Uisce Eireann (Irish Water) work hard to test water bodies to meet the standards of the EPA.
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We have multiple locations in Ireland which are mentioned by province to help you test your water.
Compliance with the standard regulations is measured with 100% compliance being the goal for each category.
Guidelines in which the water is assessed are discussed below.
Bacteria- Clostridium perfringens, E.coli, Enterococci.
Chemicals- 1,2-dichloroethane, Acrylamide, Ammonium, Benzene, Benzo(a)pyrene, Bromate, Chloride, Cyanide, Epichlorohydrin, Fluoride, Individual Pesticides, Nitrate, Nitrite, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Sulphate, Tetrachloroethene and Trichloroethene, Total Pesticides, Trihalomethanes (THMs), Vinyl chloride.
Heavy Metals- Aluminium, Antimony, Boron, Cadmium, Chromium, Iron, Lead, Manganese, Mercury, Nickel, Selenium, Sodium.
Other- Colour, Conductivity, Free Residual Chlorine, pH, Total Organic Carbon (TOC), Total Residual Chlorine, Turbidity.
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In Carlow, water testing results over the past five years showcase consistently high standards in all categories, with over 98%. By 2023, all categories reached an 100% compliance rate.
In Dublin, water quality stayed consistently high in the categories bacteria, chemicals, and heavy metals with over 98% in years 2019-2022. Fluctuations in the other categories was seen prior to 2023. However, improvements were made with dramatic increase in compliance by 2023. Dublin’s water quality in the city centre reached 100% across all categories. By whole county analysis, Dublin can not be analysed but results can be found when visiting the website and putting in your address for exact location results. Data in the graph is based on Dublin city centre locations (D1).
The data indicates that while water testing scores in various categories for Kildare are consistently high, they occasionally fall below the perfect 100% mark. These results underscore the complexity and dynamic nature of water quality assessment. Factors such as natural variations, environmental influences, and specific challenges can contribute to minor fluctuations in the success rates of bacteria detection, chemical analysis, heavy metal identification, and other parameters. Despite occasional scores below 100%, the overall commitment to maintaining robust water quality standards remains evident in Kildare’s move towards 100% compliance.
In Kilkenny, the water testing data over the past five years consistently reflects a commendable commitment to maintaining high standards. Notably, bacteria detection and heavy metal identification have consistently achieved a perfect 100% score, showcasing the rigorous accuracy of these assessments. While chemicals and other parameters may exhibit slight variations, the dedication to excellence remains evident with consistently strong scores exceeding 97%. This steadfast performance underscores Kilkenny’s ongoing efforts to ensure water safety and quality for its residents.
In Laois, the water testing data spanning the last five years demonstrates a consistent pursuit of elevated standards. While there are occasional minor variations, parameters like chemicals and heavy metals consistently exhibit a flawless 100% score, showcasing unwavering precision. Notably, bacteria detection, although experiencing slight fluctuations, maintains a strong overall performance. These results underscore Laois’s dedication to ensuring water safety, with the commitment to excellence evident through persistent high scores, even in the face of occasional fluctuations. This steadfast commitment reinforces the community’s efforts to uphold water quality standards for the well-being of its residents achieving 100% in 2023.
In Louth, the water testing data from the last five years showed bacteria detection and heavy metal identification exhibiting high performance over the years, there was a slight decrease in scores in 2023. However, this minor fluctuation is set against the backdrop of consistently strong results in previous years. Chemical assessments have remained consistently high, with scores consistently exceeding 98%.
In Longford, the water testing data from the last five years showcases a notable commitment to maintaining and enhancing water quality standards. Notably, bacteria detection has consistently achieved a perfect 100% score, reflecting a continuous dedication to safeguarding water safety. Furthermore, the data reveals an improvement in the performance of chemical assessments, with scores steadily progressing over to 100% by 2022. While minor fluctuations are observed in other categories, the overall trend demonstrates Longford’s unwavering efforts to ensure water quality.
Testing in Co.Meath was not completed in 2019 or 2020. From years 2021 to 2023 across all categories including bacteria detection, chemicals, heavy metals, and others, the results have consistently achieved a consistent score over 98%.
In County Offaly, water quality stands as a beacon of consistency and excellence, evident in the consistently high testing results over the past five years. Across all key parameters, including bacteria detection, chemical analysis, and heavy metal identification, the results have consistently achieved a perfect 100% score. While a minor fluctuation occurred in other assessments in 2021, in testing for other.
From 2022 onwards, improvements were made to increase compliance with the water safety regulations achieving a perfect 100% score in 2023.
Parameters like bacteria detection, chemical analysis, and heavy metal identification have demonstrated a commitment to excellence, with occasional fluctuations observed in 2020 and 2021. By 2023, 100% compliance was reached.
The data illustrates consistently high accuracy in water testing for various categories (Bacteria, Chemicals, Heavy Metals, Other) in Wicklow across the years 2020 to 2023. Notably, the accuracy for chemicals remained consistently high, while the accuracy for heavy metals exhibited some variability.
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Notably, both bacteria and chemicals testing achieved consistently high accuracy, with slight variations in the heavy metals testing category. Compliance remained notably high, it did not reach 100% across all categories with slight variability across the years.
In Kerry, water testing data spanning the last five years underscores a consistent dedication to upholding elevated standards. From bacteria detection to chemical composition and heavy metal presence, every parameter maintained a flawless 100% score in 2023. While slight variations were observed in previous years, the commitment to water quality remained steadfast, ensuring the safety and well-being of the Kerry community. Following 2021, improvements were made to move Kerry to the highest water standards.
Parameters such as bacteria detection, chemical analysis, and heavy metal identification have demonstrated high performance, with most years achieving near-perfect scores. While there were minor fluctuations observed in certain categories in 2020 and 2021, in the categories of bacteria, heavy metals, and other.
In County Tipperary, a steadfast commitment to water quality is evident through consistently high testing results over the past five years. Parameters such as bacteria detection, heavy metal, and other identification have consistently achieved a perfect 100% score, underscoring unwavering accuracy and dedication. Minor fluctuations in chemicals were seen in 2020.
The data shows a positive trend in compliance rates across the various water pollutant categories from 2019 to 2023. In 2019, the compliance rates were not consistently at 100% for all categories. However, by 2023, there has been a significant improvement, with all categories achieving 100% compliance with the European Union Drinking Water Regulations S.I. No. 99/2023.
Across bacteria, heavy metals and other, Co.Monaghan has stayed consistent with 100%. However, it’s worth noting that there was a temporary dip in compliance to the upper 90% range in chemical analysis in 2021 and 2020.
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In Galway, the data from water testing over the past five years reflects unwavering commitment to maintaining exceptional water quality standards. Across categories spanning bacteria, chemicals, and heavy metals, all parameters consistently achieved a perfect 100% score in 2022 and 2023. This enduring legacy of excellence, established since 2019, serves as a robust assurance of water safety for the local community in Galway which has not dropped below 99% in 5 years.
In Leitrim, the water testing data across the past five years signifies a consistent commitment to upholding stringent standards. Bacteria detection, chemicals, and heavy metals consistently showcase a perfect 100% score, reflecting unwavering accuracy. While minor variations are observed in certain parameters, such as chemicals in 2020 and bacteria detection in 2019, the dedication to excellence remains evident. These results underscore Leitrim’s persistent efforts to ensure water safety, with an enduring commitment to maintaining high-quality standards even in the presence of occasional minor fluctuations.
In Mayo, the water testing data over the past five years shines as a beacon of unwavering consistency and excellence. Remarkably, across all categories including bacteria detection, chemicals, heavy metals, and others, the results have consistently achieved a flawless 100% score.
In County Roscommon, a commitment to water quality is evident through consistently high testing results over the past five years. Parameters such as bacteria detection and heavy metal identification have consistently achieved a perfect 100% score, reflecting unwavering accuracy. While minor fluctuations occurred in certain categories, such as chemicals and other assessments in 2021 and 2019, County Roscommon’s overall dedication to excellence in water quality remains steadfast. These results underscore the community’s commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its residents through the preservation of exceptional water quality standards.
In County Sligo, a commitment to water quality is evident through consistent efforts and testing results over the past five years. Parameters such chemical analysis have demonstrated excellent performance, with several years achieving over 98% score. Fluctuations occurred in certain categories in 2020 and 2021, County Sligo’s improvements can be seen with 100% scores in 2023.
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