Kilcock pollution still a mystery to Council

Kilcock Harbour. Photo Tony Keane.
Council officials have said they have not identified the source of the pollution in the canal harbour at Kilcock.

Council officials have said they have not identified the source of the pollution in the canal harbour at Kilcock.

But they say they are confident of finding the source of the pollution.

Speaking at a meeting of Clane Area Comittee last Tuesday, September 10, Cllr. Padraig McEvoy asked for an update and was told that when problems occurred previously last October, considerable staffing resources were applied to resolve the matter.

It was discovered at the time that a private drain, a fault with a manhole at nearby Mollyware Street and a blockage in a sewer in a housing estate which was causing effluent to back up and escape into a nearby gully were identified as being sources of pollution.

All of these were repaired by the council.

The council continued to monitor water quality at the canal and all subsequent samples were clear until June of this year when the problem re-emerged.

While the source of the problem has been narrowed down to a large extent it has not as yet, been determined. The problem is compounded by the fact that it only occurs after heavy rainfall.

“The fact that the source of the problem has not been identified to date should not be taken as a lack of willingness on the part of the council to resolve it,” officials said.

“Indeed, the opposite is true.”

“CCTV technology and dye-testing of the sewerage system is ongoing to further narrow down the source of the problem. The council is confident the matter will be resolved to the satisfaction of the local community as well as canal users,” offificials said.

Engineers explained that the pollution was possibly coming from a yard in the greater Kilcock catchment, and it was simply a matter of eliminating all possibilities.

- Conor McHugh