My thanks to Kerry County Council spokesman, Owen O’Shea for his response to the piece in The Maine Valley Post recently on the mysterious flow of raw sewage into the Mulaghi River beside Tralee Road bridge.
Mr. O’Shea provided information and an update on the matter from Kerry County Council:
“This issue is related to a blocked sewer in Castleisland on that date and this was unblocked the following day.
This was due to the build-up of rags (baby wipes) in the sewers which in turn caused the effluent to discharge via the storm water overflow system.
This would be a one off discharge and is not representative of the normal working of the sewerage system in the town.
Water Services at Kerry County Council is reporting this to the Environmental Protection Agency as an uncontrolled sewage discharge due to a blocked sewer.”
Needless to say the question remains as to how sewage overflow got into a storm water drain pipe – which is designed and placed to deal with surface water run-off ?
To see the background to this story, please click on the link here: http://www.mainevalleypost.com/2016/09/01/raw-sewage-being-pumped-into-maine-tributary
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