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Clear up raw sewage issue urges Cllr Harvey

Thursday, 26 July 2018

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COUNCILLOR Declan Harvey is appealing to Irish Water to do something about a situation which sees raw sewerage seeping onto the footpath at Tyrells Road in Tullamore.
There has been an ongoing issue with sewerage and toilet paper bubbling up under a manhole cover in the area, a situation that is exacerbated when it rains.
However, Councillor Harvey says it happened again only recently despite the warm weather.
''I'm asking Irish Water to make it a priority. This has been going on 20-years or more. It's happening in all weather. The pipes are not able for the capacity since the houses at Puttaghaun Close, Harbour Walk and Harbour Drive were built. I'm asking Irish Water to get it solved once and for all. The council just wash the path down and the sewerage is going into the canal,'' he added.
He was also critical of the ongoing study into the sewerage capacity in the town. ''It has been going on too long and we are none the wiser,'' he added.
It emerged last year the the sewerage pipe system in Tullamore would not be able to cope with any large new development. A survey is underway to ascertain the level of the problem.
''Eventually we will have to pay for our water it's coming down the line,'' said Councillor Harvey.
''But the water is very bad in Tullamore, my water is white with lime when I turn on the tap in the morning,'' he complained.

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