Backed up sewer filth in washing machine
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.