Two of the local residents pictured during the floods last month
Major sewerage works planned by Irish Water will address the problems experienced by residents in a Newbridge estate which has been plagued by flooding.
That’s according to Irish Water, which has assured Cllr Joanne Pender that the project will address the wastewater issues in Dara Park.
Cllr Pender told a recent public meeting, called by Dara Park residents, that the project would begin until 2020.
Residents were extremely worried about what would happen in the meantime.
Incessant rain last month caused extensive sewage flooding on the roads, pathways and gardens of homes in the estate. This problem had also arisen in August.
The council said that its flood defence works had been effective but a culvert had been blocked with debris on Iarnrod Eireann land. The local authority pointed out the works it carried out are separate to the wastewater system.
Last week Cllr Pender was updated by Irish Water in relation to its plans.
Irish Water said it is working with the council to deliver the Upper Liffey Valley Regional Sewerage Scheme which is being done under two contracts.
Tenders for the first contract are being reviewed. Irish Water said the second contract, which has yet to go to tender, will, when completed address the wastewater issues in the sewer network including at Dara Park.
Work on the first contract will begin in 2018 and will take two years to complete the installation of a new interceptor sewer connecting Newbridge to the wastewater treatment plant at Osberstown.
Then the second contract will involve an upgraded sewer in Newbridge undertaken during 2020.
“Together, these works will reduce out-of-sewer flooding in Newbridge and bring the combined sewer overflow at Kilbelin into compliance with the wastewater discharge licence,” said Irish Water.
It said there is “no other localised short term solution to this problem.”
It said the primary reason is the lack of sewerage capacity and it understood the disruption caused to residents and businesses in the town. “Irish Water can commit to ensuring that local operations staff are available following such rainfall events to investigate and clean up as required,” it said.