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EU Commission taking Ireland to court over failure to upgrade wastewater treatment plants in 38 towns & cities

The European Commission is taking Ireland to court over failures to upgrade our waste-water treatment infrastructure.

38 towns and cities are continuing to pump thousands of gallons of raw sewage into rivers and the sea each day.

Treatments plants in Clifden, Roscommon Town and Tubbercurry, Co Sligo are among the 38 deemed unsuitable or inadequate.

The case before the European Court of Justice could see Ireland facing millions of euro for failing to meet two deadlines to build or upgrade sewage plants by the end of 2000 and 2005.

The commission said Ireland should have fixed sewage problems for communities with less than 15,000 people by 2000, while larger towns should have been properly served by 2005.

Meanwhile, Irish Water estimates that €1.25 billion must be spent on treatment plants by 2021. 

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