Naas lake clean up operation not due to finish until September

THE clean up operation on the three lakes in Naas will be completed by September.

THE clean up operation on the three lakes in Naas will be completed by September.

Town Engineer David Reel said that work is continuing on the middle and lower lakes (the lake closest to the Lakelands estate).

The clean up operation took place because of the build up of sludge which posed a threat to bird and animal life.

The lake closest to Ballymore was the first to be tackled in an operation which had an an estimated cost of €200,000.

The middle lake has been fenced off and water will be prevented from entering it before work to remove the silt gets underway.

The lake nearest Lakelands will be the last to be completed and the same contractor is doing all of the work.

Mr. Reel promised that the silting work would be followed by landscaping and a general tidying up of the area.

“We will leave it in a good state,” he told a recent Naas Town council meeting.

An estimated 4,000 cubic metres of sludge was taken from the largest lake alone and the project was the biggest operation of its kind on the lake system. Both Inland Fisheries Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Service were consulted.

The bulk of the work was be undertaken on the upper lake (closest to Ballymore) and apart from the amenity value, there is an important drainage role fulfilled by the manmade lake system.

Before work started the depth of the water had fallen to 20 centimetres in places. Water levels should be about 1.2 metres.