Something needs to be done about the foul smell that can hit Nenagh town centre, according to to town councillors. However the source of the problem could be an old culvert that would need to be replaced.
“It would be a sizable job and will need Department of the Environment support,” said Cllr Hughie McGrath.
He said a modern system would separate rain and waste water, which was not the case at present.
Currently, the council flushes out the system during dry weather to try and eliminate the smell, but Cllr Seamus Morris said: “We can’t just keep putting water through the system.”
He called for money to be ringfenced for a new scheme before the council is abolished next year under local government reform.
Cllr Conor Delaney stated that businesses in Kenyon Street had to deal with the odour on an ongoing basis.
“It is an issue we need to address. A modern town shouldn’t be smelling like that,” he said.
Cllr Virginia O’Dowd said: It’s not there all the time, but when it hits, it hits.”
She was concerned that under Dublin City Council’s plan to extract water from Lough Derg, Nenagh may not have the water pressure to keep flushing out the system.
Cllr Tom Mulqueen pointed out that the smell had been around the town “for a considerable time”.
Cllr Tom Moylan urged that development levies be spent on infrastructure and called on the council to ensure the money wouldn’t be spent in South Tipp.