River flowes through Mohill Picture: Willie Donnellan
Raw sewage is flowing into the environment from 35 towns and villages every day according to a report published by the Environemtnal Protection Agency (EPA).
No Leitrim towns or wastewater treatment systems were found in breach of EU standards. However Mohill was highlighed as an area putting "significant pressure on water bodies at risk of pollution." The Rinn River was noted as the body of water at risk of pollution.
The report found that 19 large towns and cities, including Dublin and Cork, have failed to meet EU standards to prevent pollution. In this region Ballymote and Tubbercurry waste water treatments failed the EU standard test.
MacNean River in Blacklion, Co Cavan was also highlights at risk of pollution.