Kildare County Council has proposed a solution to the problem of pollution in the Canal Harbour in Kilcock which has stumped engineers since the problem was first discovered back in August of last year.
In August 2013, the Council’s Water Services Department received notification of excessive levels of sewage contamination in the harbour.
Investigations revealed that the pollutant was entering the canal through an existing surgace water outfall pipe
However, how the pollution enters that pipe was less clear.
Detailed surveys of various pipelines in the South Kilcock (the Clane side of the canal and railway line) revealed a private foul sewerage connection to the surface water drainage system; a fault in a foul sewer manhole on Mollyware Street which allowed foul sewage to overflow into the surface water drainage system during storm events and a blockage in a private housing estate which caused foul sewage to overflow into the surface water drainage system.
However this did not entirely solve the problem, and at a special meeting of the Clane Area Committee held last Tuesday, Director of Services Joe Boland outlined a number of different options, with a preferred, sixth option of diverting the pipe upstream of the canal and discharging into the Rye River.
This solution will likely involve a temporary draining of at least a section of the canal.