Backed up sewer filth in wash­ing ma­chine

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

A TRALEE fam­ily was forced to re­place their wash­ing ma­chine af­ter sewage from a clogged up sewer backed up and flooded into the ma­chine.

The dis­gust­ing in­ci­dent – which hap­pened to hor­ri­fied home­own­ers in the Spa Road area re­cently – was raised this week as mem­bers of the Tralee Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict coun­cil called for ur­gent re­pairs to be car­ried out to fix var­i­ous sewer sys­tems around the town.

First to raise the is­sue was Sinn Féin Cllr Pa Daly who said that clogged sewer pipes are a con­stant prob­lem in the area around Stack’s Vil­las.

Cllr Daly said that each time the sew­ers in the area get blocked coun­cil staff clear the block­age but within a few months the prob­lem re­turns.

“It’s very dis­ap­point­ing that staff have to go back there time af­ter time,” Cllr Daly said.

His Sinn Féin col­league Cllr Toireasa Fer­ris echoed his sen­ti­ments.

She cited the re­cent ex­am­ple of a home, lo­cated in the Spa Road area, where the ac­cu­mu­lated filth from a blocked sewer had backed up to such an ex­tent that it flooded into the fam­ily’s wash­ing ma­chine.

The hor­ri­fied fam­ily – whose clothes were de­stroyed by the foul sewage – had been forced to dump the ma­chine and buy a new one af­ter the re­volt­ing episode she said.

Coun­cil man­age­ment said that while Ir­ish Water is cur­rently com­pil­ing a Drainage Area Plan – which will in­volve a de­tailed sur­vey of the town’s sewer sys­tem and the plan­ning of ma­jor up­grades to larger sewer schemes in Tralee – there are cur­rently no plans to up­grade “com­mon, de­fec­tive, smaller sew­ers” such as those in Stacks Vil­las and other sim­i­lar es­tates around town.

While the sewer pipes in these ar­eas won’t be re­placed in the near fu­ture, the coun­cil said it will con­tinue to main­tain them to en­sure they re­main in good work­ing or­der.

A small num­ber of bro­ken sewer pipes have been fixed by the coun­cil in re­cent months.

Man­age­ment did say that they would im­me­di­ately in­ves­ti­gate the sewer that leads to the prop­erty high­lighted by Cllr Fer­ris.

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