Pilot sewerage scheme for rural villages ‘hasn’t worked’

Cllr Ger Darcy
A pilot sewerage scheme for rural villages that was introduced over 40 years ago hasn’t worked, according to Cllr Ger Darcy.

A pilot sewerage scheme for rural villages that was introduced over 40 years ago hasn’t worked, according to Cllr Ger Darcy.

He revealed at Nenagh MDC that his own village in Ardcroney had been put on the priority list in 1976 but the work was still to be carried out.

“It hasn’t worked and we need to make sure Irish Water doesn’t just concentrate on big urban areas only,” he said.

Director of environment services Matt Shortt said the council had argued with the Department over this “long before Irish Water was set up”. He revealed that the pilot scheme Cllr Darcy mentioned had seen only one taker and that was in Tipperary.

“Rural villages were lucky to get the pilot scheme some years back, but it is costly to serve these villages. They are now with Irish Water and I expect they are now a long way down the line,” said Mr Shortt.

“The value of a sewerage system to a village is huge and we should try and get funding for schemes,” he told councillors.

Meanwhile, Gerry Robinson of the water services department told Cllr Seamus Morris that the council now had way leave into a site behind Keeper View in Nenagh and it will be emptying the septic tank there at no cost to the residents. The waste will go into the new sewer when it is finished, he said.