Pollution fears in County Limerick village

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

The manhole at Fedamore, which has caused concerns among local residents [Picture Michael Cowhey]
EFFLUENT leaking from a manhole has escaped into a stream in the Fedamore area prompting Limerick County Council to carry out a CCTV survey of the pipework.

EFFLUENT leaking from a manhole has escaped into a stream in the Fedamore area prompting Limerick County Council to carry out a CCTV survey of the pipework.

Concerns had been raised after locals noticed a foul smell coming from the area across the road from the local treatment plant.

“There is sewage bubbling up from a manhole and flowing into a stream that is going down into the river,” said one local who contacted this paper out of concern.

“It is directly opposite the sewerage plant. It is coming out over the manhole. A lot of locals have complained to the council and all that is happening is they are being told that it is being noted. There is a very foul smelling coming from it,” he added.

According to Tom Tarpey, senior engineer for water services with Limerick County Council an investigation is to be carried out to establish the cause of the problem.

“There have been a number of occurrences at that particular manhole,” said Mr Tarpey.

“We think it is to do with some problem within the pipe running out of that manhole towards the sewerage plant.”

While teams have unblocked the pipe in the past, according to Mr Tarpey, the problem is recurring.

“It is the plant that serves Fedamore village,” Mr Tarpey explained.

“When the manhole overflows I understand that sometimes some of the effluent has gotten into a local stream. Anytime the incident has occurred in the past we have got our teams out there to unblock it and rectify it temporarily.

“Because it is now recurring, it does appear that there is some problem within the pipework that we can’t see at the moment so we will have to conduct a CCTV survey of it to try to figure out what the problem is.

“It may be something to do with subsidence in the pipeline as it crosses the road,” he added.