An EPA audit of the public drinking water supply in Tallow has found several issues with how the public water supply is managed, including the fact that at the plant there is no monitoring for cryptosporidium, a waterborne microorganism that can cause gastroenteritis.

The water supply serves about 1,100 people, and the focus of the audit was on protozoal barriers. Protozoa is one type of waterborne microorganism, and cryptosporidium is one of these microorganisms.

According to the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre, the symptoms of infection by cryptosporidium include: “Diarrhoea (usually watery and with mucus), stomach cramps, upset stomach, slight fever.”

Following the audit, Uisce Éireann issued a report as requested by the EPA, saying that …

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