Wexford): I propose to take Questions Nos. 138, 139 and 165 together.
The requirements identified in the Lough Derg report are being addressed at a number of levels. Matters relating to industrial treatment plants and farm surveys are being considered by the local authorities concerned in the context of water licence reviews and the programme of farm surveys respectively.
Discussions are taking place in a national context with the Irish Detergent and Allied Products Association regarding promoting the use of phosphate free detergents. Considerable progress has been made in the increased use domestically of phosphate-free products which now represent about 40 per cent of overall domestic consumption of washing powders and liquids. This compares with 1988 when virtually all products on domestic usage contained phosphates.
As regards pump out stations, a programme to provide sewage pump out stations at marinas along the Shannon and Grand Canal, which links with the Shannon at Shannonbridge, is currently being promoted by my Department. Popular marinas such as Mountshannon, Dromineer, Portumna, Athlone, Carrick-on-Shannon, Tullamore, Edenderry and Shannonbridge will shortly have their pump out facilities available for use by private and fleet cruiser operators.