Cryptosporidium Contamination Affecting Mitchelstown Drinking Water

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The Irish Examiner is reporting that the microscopic parasite Cryptosporidium that can cause respiratory and gastrointestinal illness has been detected in the drinking water supplies of two areas in north Cork. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) found no barrier had been fitted to prevent cryptosporidium from entering the water supply in Ballyhooly, which lies between Fermoy and Mallow.

According to the report, Cork County Council had reminded two local farmers within the buffer zone about their obligations under the EU Nitrates Directive. Cryptosporidium, which is a small parasite found in faecal matter, can cause fever, stomach upset, weight loss and diarrhoea. It can be a problem when animal slurry from large dairy farms gets into the water table or drinking water catchment area. The bug can have serious effects including potential death for elderly and very young patients as well as those with weakened immune systems.

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

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