Council finds Kilcock canal pollution sources

Canal harbour at Kilcock.                       Photo Tony Keane.
Kildare County Council says it has now identified and resolved all of the problems which lead to pollution in the Canal Harbour in Kilcock.

Kildare County Council says it has now identified and resolved all of the problems which lead to pollution in the Canal Harbour in Kilcock.

In a report to the members of Clane Area Committee, Director of Services Joe Boland explained that Kildare County Council has expended considerable resources in terms of staff time as well as expenditure in investigating the matter at hand.

“In summary, a total of five problems were identified and all faults have been rectified,” he said, adding that “sampling would suggest that the quality of water in the canal has improved considerably”.

However in his report he admitted that the Council, together with Waterways Ireland is committed to “diverting the surface water pipe” which has been the source of the pollution.

The two organisations have examined a number of options and have identified short and longer term options which wi “now be progressed in terms of both design and costing”.

“It should also be stated that all such options, including those preferred, will involve extensive engineering interventions and are, therefore, likely to be expensive,” Mr. Boland warned.

“Accordingly, it will also be necessary to identify and agree funding arrangements.”

Mr. Boland spoke highly of the contribution by the Kilcock Canoe Club to the local community. And he acknowledged that the club needs “future certainty in terms of planning future events”.

He stressed that funding, which will be in the regional of €100,000 will have to be identified before any works commence.

The problem of pollution in the canal harbour had been a difficult one for the County Council because of the sheer number of pipes and gulleys from all over the Kilcock area that fed, ultimately, into the harbour.