Mum at wit’s end over raw sewage

A mother of two from Narraghmore said she is at her wits’ end after enduring raw sewage pouring out of drains and in her back garden outside her home consistently for the past five years.

A mother of two from Narraghmore said she is at her wits’ end after enduring raw sewage pouring out of drains and in her back garden outside her home consistently for the past five years.

Sharon McElhinney said she has complained to the builder and Kildare County Council on a number of occasions but the disgusting waste is reoccuring and is being left outside her Oak Park home. The housing estate is currently not taken in charge by the council.

Ms McElhinney said the smell has become unbearable, attracting flies and leaving the family virtually trapped indoors.

Speaking to the Leader, Ms McElhinney said the problem began when she moved into her home five and a half years ago and the problem is getting worse.

“There is raw untreated sewage coming from all drains on my property. My children have to be carried to the car to avoid walking in faeces and used tissue paper. The smell is unbearable and I cannot let my children outside in case they come into contact with this extremely dangerous health hazard.

The mother of two said she fears for the health of her two young children. “My downstairs bathroom is also off limits because when the toilet is flushed the water comes back up in the shower and the smell is unbearable.”

Ms McElhinney said she met with Kildare County Council officials in early December 2010 and the issue is still not resolved, in fact she said it is getting worse. She is seeking an urgent meeting between the builder and Kildare County Council.

In an email to the council and various newly elected deputies in Kildare last Monday, Ms McElhinney said: “This was not a problem to walk away from on a Friday evening because the weekend is coming and expect happy faces Monday morning. In my opinion this is a problem that should have been resolved yesterday. I hope you are enjoying your weekend because I can assure you I am not.”

Speaking to the Leader, re-elected Deputy Jack Wall TD said he understands Kildare County Council is in negotiations with the builder to lay a pipe to connect the estate to the main sewerage network in Narraghmore and that this should, in the future, overcome the problems experienced by the McElhinney family.

The Health Service Executive is expected to send its environmental officer to the McElhinney household this week to examine the problem from a health and safety aspect, according to Deputy Wall.

When contacted by the Leader, Kildare County Council said it has been in touch with the builder and arrangements are being put in place to complete the infrastructure to “collect wastewater from Ms McELhinney’s home”. “These works will be complete in a number of weeks,” its spokesman said.