Kilcock canal pollution issue continues

Canal pollution a concern.
KILDARE County Council has been working hard to try and locate the sources of pollution at the Royal Canal in Kilcock.

KILDARE County Council has been working hard to try and locate the sources of pollution at the Royal Canal in Kilcock.

Cllr. Padraig McEvoy said told the Leader said yesterday, he anticipated an update on the work at the Council Clane area meeting.

On 31 August, the International Canoe Polo Irish Open championship had to be cancelled because of sewage problems.

Water samples showed high levels of pollution. Cllr. McEvoy said solving the problem will not be easy or cheap.

A number of locations where foul sewage has escaped into surface water have been examined.

Canoe club member, Olive Glennon, who has written to the Council, TD’s and the Minister for Health over the issue,said the contamination of the canal was recognised before the 8 Oct, 2012 when this newspaper made it a public issue. The canoe polo club then suspended canal activities on health and safety grounds.

On the 22 January 2013, with coliform readings still in excess of 48 thousand per 100ml, Ms. Glennon contacted Minister. James Reilly TD’s and Senators. Kildare County Council “liaising with the HSE” thereby giving a tacit acknowledgement to legitimate health and safety concerns for a population living with an open sewer running through their town.

By 21 February a problem with the drainage system at Highfield estate in Kilcock was highlighted.

Recently the club was forced to postpone the championship which was transferred to Longford.

Locations at the Courtown Road and near the railway have also been examined. Investigations have also centred around an old 18th century drain.

- Henry Bauress