Simon Mooney

Simon Mooney
Technological University Dublin - City Campus | TU Dublin

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Publications (15)
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Approximately 16% of the Irish population is served by private wells, with appropriate treatment, periodic testing and structural inspections thus vital to safeguard rural Irish homeowners from supply contamination and consequent adverse health impacts. Recent national research has reported low levels of supply “stewardship” and harmful socio‐ hydr...
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Unlike consumers receiving water from regulated public systems in Ontario, private well users are responsible for protective behaviours, including source maintenance, treatment and laboratory testing. However, previous studies have reported low participation rates with respect to these actions, thus constituting a public health concern. To improve...
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Risk communication represents the optimal instrument for decreasing the incidence of private groundwater contamination and associated waterborne illnesses. However, despite attempts to promote voluntary well maintenance in high groundwater-reliant regions such as the Republic of Ireland, awareness levels of supply status (e.g. structural integrity)...
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Extreme weather events (EWEs) may significantly increase pathogenic contamination of private (unregulated) groundwater supplies. However, due to the paucity of protective guidance, private well users may be ill-equipped to undertake adaptive actions. With rising instances of waterborne illness documented in groundwater-dependent, developed regions...
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Over 720,000 people in the Republic of Ireland rely on private groundwater resources (i.e. private wells) for daily consumption, and as these extractions are unregulated, users are solely responsible for managing/mitigating contamination risks to their supplies. However, low levels of exposure to appropriate guidance on well water protection and on...
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The mechanisms of private-well groundwater contamination are uniquely complex, necessitating a multisector communicative approach to risk management, premised on behaviour promotion. In countries such as the Republic of Ireland (ROI), characterised by oftentimes high groundwater contamination risk and concurrently limited user awareness, incorporat...
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Groundwater contamination constitutes a significant health risk for private well users residing in rural areas. As the responsibility to safeguard rural private domestic groundwater typically rests with non-expert homeowners, interventions promoting risk mitigation and awareness represent the most viable means of preventing supply contamination. Ho...
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Keeping within the temperature limits set by the Paris Agreement on climate action will be a significant challenge. Nuclear power generation may contribute to achieving these targets, however, there are significant environmental, economic and health risks attached. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, this paper explores how nuclear power ge...
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The trouble with groundwater is that despite its critical importance to global water supplies, it frequently attracts insufficient management attention relative to more visible surface water sources, irrespective of regional climate, socioeconomic profile, and regulatory environment. To this end, the recently defined sub-discipline of “socio-hydrog...
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Significant flooding events have the potential to inflict major societal losses, in addition to both infrastructural and environmental damage. However, to date, the human gastrointestinal health implications (and associated costs) of these events, have received far less attention, particularly within the socio-hydrogeological context. Flooding can...
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A significant body of research has focused on the role of domestic wastewater treatment systems (DWWTSs) as sources of human-specific aquatic contaminants in both developed and developing regions. However, to date few studies have sought to investigate the awareness, attitudes and behaviours of DWWTS owners and the efficacy of associated communicat...

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The Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute (ESHI) is a partnership between TU Dulbin, the Irish Health Service executive, Dublin City Council and Ulster University. The mission of ESHI is to build an all Ireland platform to develop research evidence contributing to environmental sustainability policies.
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The proposed project entails development of a modular, evidence-based water communication framework for the HSE targeting non-expert householders in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) vulnerable to hydrological risks. Through analysis of all relevant national and international campaigns and literature, the project aims to acquire an understanding of the socio-hydrological dynamics central to determining public and private water quality, flood safety and hazard preparedness and formulate a readily usable communication framework capable of prompting enhanced environmental and health risk awareness and stewardship among at-risk populations. The project further seeks to ascertain current householder levels of awareness, attitudes and behaviours towards hydrological risks and establish the performance of and future requirements for active water communication initiatives in the ROI via campaign evaluation.