A water quality survey carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency in Ireland between 2001-2003, outlined that County Sligo has one of the highest proportions of unpolluted river channel on a nationwide basis. Sligo County Council is committed to preserving this high standard of surface water quality in the County and the prevention of water pollution. Under the 1998 Phosphorus Regulations each local authority in Ireland was required to prepare a ten year programme of measures to maintain/improve the quality of surface waters within their functional areas.
As part of Sligo County Councils ongoing efforts to maintain/improve the surface water quality within the County, proposals are in place to recommence farm surveys and septic tank surveys in various river and lake catchments throughout the County. It is envisaged that these surveys will initially be concentrated in the Kilsellagh, Lough Gill, Lough Talt and Lough Arrow Catchments. The aim of these surveys is to gather information on farming and domestic wastewater disposal practices in the relevant catchments, which will assist in the overall management of water courses within the County.
It is anticipated that these surveys will commence in mid January 2006 and public co-operation with the survey staff is essential and greatly appreciated. If you wish to discuss any aspect of the above surveys, please contact Pamela Bergin, Rosie Morrissey or Enda Killoran at Sligo County Council, Environment Section, Unit 9, Cleveragh Business Park, Sligo, Co. Sligo.
Tel ( 071) 9111111.