Askeaton sewage treatment must be a priority says Limerick councillor

Norma Prendiville

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Askeaton sewage treatment must be a priority says Limerick councillor

THE sewerage system in Askeaton is now a “health hazard” according to local councillor Kevin Sheahan

THE sewerage system in Askeaton is now a “health hazard” according to local councillor Kevin Sheahan who has called for a campaign to get Askeaton on a priority list for a new, up-to-date system.

“Action is needed now,” he said at the May meeting of Adare Rathkeale councillors where he outlined a recent incident in Askeaton where a manhole “popped” and raw sewage poured out on to the West Square.

“An enormous amount of raw sewage came up and ran on to the footpaths and roadway,” Cllr Sheahan said. When council staff arrived the following morning to clean up, the sewerage had moved down the slipway and into the river.

Unfortunately, according to Cllr Sheahan, it was Irish Water’s position that no raw sewage was going into the Deel from the Askeaton system, something which he did not accept. There is not a separate storm water and sewage pipe  system in operation in Askeaton and the overflow pipes send sewerage into the river, he explained.

He reminded his fellow councillors that the Environmental Protection Agency had, some years ago, gave the then Limerick County Council an ultimatum that they had two years to begin building a new treatment system in the town. But that never happened.

He also revealed that the smell of sewage in Askeaton could be considered a health hazard and the HSE should be involved.

“What I am looking for is a campaign from our councillors on Irish Water to try and get a prominent position on the list,” he said He had been told Askeaton was third on the list but also told  that Askeaton was not on the current list  at all. “We need to impress on Irish Water to treat the Askeaton issue as a priority,” he declared.