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Sewage discharges a major problem for Irish Water

Focus on water charges has obscured need for expensive work to tackle pollution

2nd August, 2015
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A sign advises people not to go swimming in the water at Rush beach in north Co Dublin. Picture: Maura Hickey

Anyone who thinks the provision of clean drinking water is the only expensive challenge facing Irish Water need only look to the north Dublin seaside town of Rush, where raw sewage threatens one of the east coast’s most popular beaches.

Residents of the town marched in protest last week over warnings not to swim at any of the town’s beaches due to elevated levels of E-coli. Irish Water has said it will take...

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