Fianna Fáil TD for Cork East, Kevin O’Keeffe has welcomed the decision of Irish Water to invest €1.3 million in wastewater sampling in Cork and said it is an example of what Irish Water should have been doing all along.

“I have been informed that Irish Water is to invest €1.3m million in flow monitoring and performance sampling equipment in wastewater treatment plants across County Cork.

“This is the Cork element of a nationwide project designed to enhance protection of our rivers and coastal waters.

“Understanding our water system better will allow us improve the treatment of waste water ultimately leading to cleaner water for everyone.

“No one has ever disputed the critical need to invest in our water system. That has been clear for some time. Fianna Fáil disagreed though with the rush to spend hundreds of millions on a billing system; money that should have been spent on upgrading our water system.

“1.6 billion Litres of wastewater is collected and treated every day before being returned to the water system. This monitoring and sampling of Cork’s wastewater is crucial to improving the quality of everyone’s water.

“As our towns and village grow over the next decade, we need a water system that is fit for purchase, and this sampling scheme is the first step in preparing for that growth,” concluded O’Keeffe.