Res­i­dents’ dis­gust at de­ter­gent is poured into stream

Bray People - - NEWS -

DO­MES­TIC de­ter­gent was poured into Swan River, a tribu­tary of the Dar­gle, in re­cent weeks.

Lo­cals were dis­gusted to dis­cover that there was a foamy sub­stance in the water at Her­bert Road ear­lier this month.

‘It’s not the first time we’ve seen pol­lu­tion like this in the Swan River,’ said a res­i­dent of the area. ‘It’s cu­ri­ous that it was re­leased just be­fore close of busi­ness on a Fri­day – when who­ever did this might have been con­fi­dent there wouldn’t be time for coun­cil of­fi­cials to trace its source.’

The stream runs into the Dar­gle and to­wards the har­bour.

An­other Bray woman con­tacted In­land Fish­eries, who re­sponded to her re­port quickly. They at­tended the area and took sam­ples be­fore con­tact­ing the Bray res­i­dent to con­firm that tests con­cluded it was caused by a do­mes­tic de­ter­gent.

They did not know how the sub­stance had en­tered the water.

The tests also showed all life in the river from the bed to the fish seemed to have gone un­harmed this time.

In­land Fish­eries passed the mat­ter over to the Wick­low County Coun­cil en­vi­ron­ment sec­tion.

In­land Fish­eries took sam­ples and de­ter­mined that the foam on the Swan River (above) was caused by do­mes­tic de­ter­gent.

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