The title of this blog is the actual title used in the newspaper article printed in the Irish Mirror of Friday, 6th June 2014..
The complete article is reproduced below:
Nearly a third of private wells in Ireland are contaminated by E.coli, putting children at risk of fatal kidney failure, health bosses warned yesterday.
Up to 30% are infected with the bacteria caused by animal or human waste the Environmental Protection Agency said.
A HSE report has also shown Ireland has the highest rate of Verotoxigenic E.coli in the whole of Europe.
HSE specialist Dr Una Fallon said "VTEC is a nasty water borne illness. The infection is most common in children and in up to 8% of cases patients go on to develop kidney complications. These can prove fatal.
This is all preventable".
More information from the EPA report: www.epa.ie/NewsandEvents/News
All I can do is repeat our previous exhortation for well owners to have tests carried out immediately.
It is not uncommon, in my experience, for wells to be tested on completion of drilling and never again. Testing is only required where local council grant funding is sought and a requirement for obtaining the grant aid is an analysis prior to the installation of a water treatment system and a follow up test after the water system had been installed.
Even if this is done wells should be tested annually. Water sources change and clearance today will not guarantee long term compliance with water standards.
Take samples in a suitable container and get them to your local testing centre as soon as possible., sooner if you can.
Depending on the results, indicated by each single parameter, which will show any contamination that exceeds EPA standards, call us or your local water treatment specialist to act on the data provided.
Stay safe and more importantly protect your family's health.