Microscopic Parasite Cryptosporidium in Some North Cork Water Supplies

According to a report in the irish Examiner newspaper, the microscopic parasite known as cryptosporidium which can cause respiratory and gastrointestinal illness has been detected in the drinking water supplies of Ballyhooly and Mitchelstown in north Cork.

The EPA said the drinking water supply was classified as being “very high risk” for contamination with the potentially dangerous parasite.

The Irish Examiner reported that Cork County Council said it monitored land use and all planning applications around the source of the drinking supply — a spring located near the Awbeg River — due to its perceived vulnerability from local agricultural activities. Cork County Council said it had reminded two local farmers within the buffer zone about their obligations under the EU Nitrates Directive.

For households worried about contamination in their drinking water supplies, we recommend the installation of a quality point of use water filter or wholehouse water filtration system…Read More

November 13, 2017


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