Nationally, water enforcement in 2016 was 'Above Target', showing an improvement from being 'On Target' in 2014 and 2015. Specific areas of interest within this include:
- Overall, combined performance for farm inspections improved marginally from 'Minimum' in 2014 and 2015 to 'Below Target' in 2016. However, farm inspection numbers decreased, with almost 200 less inspections undertaken in 2016 compared with 2014.
- Insufficient cross-reporting of farm non-compliances to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) for Single Farm Payment penalties. Nationally, only 17% of farm non-compliances were noted as cross-reported to the DAFM in 2016. National policy is 100% cross-reporting of non-compliances. Assessment for this was therefore 'Unsatisfactory' in 2016.
- Almost one-third of local authorities failed to complete their planned inspections of discharge licences to water, and performance in this area was 'Below Target' in 2016.
- Performance of domestic waste water treatment systems (DWWTS/septic tanks) inspections remained 'On Target' in 2016, in line with 2014 and 2015 performance.
- Groundwater and hydrometric activities remained 'Above Target' in 2016. However, four local authorities had no budget allocated or maintenance programmes in place for groundwater and hydrometric activities.
Overall, 12 local authorities were 'Excellent', 12 were 'Above Target' or 'On Target', and 6 were 'Below Target', 'Minimum', or 'Unsatisfactory' with respect to waste enforcement. Note: Galway City Council does not conduct any enforcement activities under the Water Enforcement Area as it is not relevant to the activities within their functional area.
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