Leitrim’s vulnerable
groundwater to be protected

A new national groundwater vulnerability map, to help protect vital water supplies, has been produced as part of the most comprehensive groundwater mapping project undertaken in the country to date, Minister Fergus O’Dowd announced on Tuesday, November 26.

A new national groundwater vulnerability map, to help protect vital water supplies, has been produced as part of the most comprehensive groundwater mapping project undertaken in the country to date, Minister Fergus O’Dowd announced on Tuesday, November 26.

It is understood according to the map available from the Geological Survey of Ireland that some of Leitrim’s groundwater may be “extremely” vulnerable. The map shows some ground water in the North Leitrim area in the colour red, which is the symbol for extreme (rock/ karst) in the vulnerability scale. This means some Leitrim wasters may be at risk of pollution or contamination.

Minister for Natural Resources, Mr Fergus O’Dowd said, “I am delighted at the new mapping and datasets available, particularly in how they will assist planning and development of our natural resources – information that could have significant positive impacts for the regional economy.”

The Minister said he expected the new map will be used by Local Authorities, the Environmental Protection Agency, consultants and individuals, to better understand and mange land use and development that have the potential to impact on groundwater. See the maps on www.gsi.ie