Future Shock: The Last Drop
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In this instalment of the Future Shock series, Philip Boucher-Hayes investigates how Ireland is running out of water.
After the long, wet summer of 2008, few would believe it, but Ireland is running out of water.
Our next big resource crisis is looming on the horizon and it's not oil. A growing shortage of drinking water threatens not only our health and the environment, but the future of our economy too. Future Shock: The Last Drop reveals how, as a nation, we are wasting what we have and polluting what is left. Simply put, soon there won't be enough water in the east of the country to meet ever-growing demand - and in the west, the quality of our drinking water simply can't be guaranteed.
Drawing on two years of research into water quality in Ireland, RTÉ Radio Investigative Unit reporter Philip Boucher-Hayes visits spots, including Galway and Ennis that have experienced problems with their water quality and availability, and those which are likely to in the near future. And he presents some genuinely shocking discoveries in this challenging documentary.