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9% Of Midlands Rivers Are Of "High Quality" According To New Report

It found just 20 of Ireland's rivers have pristine conditions - down from more than 500 in the 1980s.

Roughly half of the country's coastal waters, rivers and lakes have unacceptable levels of pollution.

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency shows only 53% are of satisfactory quality.

It highlights our river waters as a particular concern, with the quality having dropped by 5.5% since the last assessment four years ago.

EPA Water Programme Manager, Mary Gurrie, says the poor water quality is down to a number of factors:

According to the EPA, the quality of water in Irish rivers is getting worse.

It found just 20 rivers have pristine conditions - down from more than 500 in the 1980s.

Ms. Gurrie says agriculture and urban wastewater are the main contributors:

Meanwhile, the number of seriously polluted rivers has increased from six to nine in the past three years.

In the midlands, 24% of rivers in Laois are of high quality - that's 4% in Offaly - while none of the rivers in Westmeath are of high quality.

However, 13% of lakes in Westmeath are high quality, with 75% rated as good.

Water Programme Manager, Mary Gurrie, adds it's important steps are now taken to clean-up our waterways:

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