Irish Water says its working to secure better drinking water for 49,000 people in Donegal

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The Irish Government is coming under pressure from Europe to maintain water charges.

The EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella has warned our housing Minister not to violate international water laws.

According to the Irish Daily Mail Simon Coveney has asked for 'time and space' to find an 'enduring' funding model for water.

In December 2012 Ireland was fined 12-thousand Euro every day for failing to comply with an EU waste water directive.

Meanhwhile, as the Environmental Protection Agency publishes its Remedial Action List, Irish Water says it is investing in on-going projects to tackle different risks to the water supply for over 49,000 people in Donegal.

At present, Irish Water says there are no Donegal water schemes on boil water notices.

However, the utility says Cryptosporidium is a very real threat to the water supply if the proper barriers are not in place. Irish Water is currently upgrading three plants to include a cryptosporidium barrier, namely Glenties-Ardara, Owenteskna-Kilcar, and Letterkenny.

Six supplies in Donegal have elevated THM levels, chemicals formed by the reaction of naturally occurring dissolved organic material and chlorine.

8,280 people in the county are using water supplies where there are elevated levels of THMs. While works are taking place at the Cashilard water treatment plant, the long term solution is to replace the supply with the Ballyshannon water supply.

In Creeslough the treatment plant is being upgraded, while the Fintown and Portnoon-Nairn sources will be abandoned and replaced with the Lettermacaward water supply. Both the Rathmullen and Greencastle sources will also be abandoned and replaced with Letterkenny and East Inishowen water supplies respectively.