RAW sewerage is seeping into dishwashers and families are falling ill because of ongoing and persistent problems with a sewerage scheme, it has been claimed.
The crux in Beaufort village has been highlighted by Cllr Michael Cahill who has demanded that Irish Water and Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government rectify the situation immediately.
He said he crisis faced by the residents of Coolmagort Avenue is scandalous and it is now a major health and safety issue.
“This situation should not be tolerated and it needs to be addressed as a matter of extreme urgency,” he said.
Kerry County Council acknowledged that there are serious deficiencies in the wastewater treatment plant which has not functioned for many years at the 21-house privately constructed estate.
In 2018 the residents engaged a consulting engineer to find a solution to the problem and necessary upgrade works were provisionally estimated at €140,000.
It is the policy of Irish Water that it will not take over any stand-alone, developer-provided infrastructure, as per the memorandum of understanding it has with local authorities.
The council said the its own water services department undertook to desludge the tank in the area in November 2018 on the understanding that the residents would organise and fund such tasks going forward.
The council pointed out that the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government sought submissions in late 2019 under a proposed multi-annual funding programme that prioritises housing estates with developer provided infrastructure which can be connected to a municipal wastewater treatment plant with adequate capacity but Beaufort village has no such municipal water treatment plant.
The first wave of investment under the programme includes a small number of carefully selected demonstration projects and funding for demonstration projects will allow a longer-term treatment strategy to be developed and the preparation of a feasibility study to recommend an appropriate solution.
This approach would inform the department of locations where further allocations under this programme can be targeted. Beaufort village was included, as a demonstration project, in the submission by Kerry County Council for funding.
It is the council’s understanding that the department will shortly announce funding allocations under this national programme.
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