The issue of sewage seeping into the River Dee and the smell it brings has been described as “unbelievable” by one local councillor, amidst claims that Irish Water inspectors have found no issue in the Dee.
At last Thursday’s Ardee Municipal District commitee meeting, the issue was brought up by Independent councillor Jim Tenanty, who lives in Riverbank right by the Dee.
“The amount of stuff that goes into the River Dee is unbelievable,” he said. “It’s all wafting. The amount of stuff being pumped up river is crazy. Everybody is on our backs about it,” he added, claiming locals feel councillors and the local authority are “useless” when it comes to dealing with such matters.
Agreeing, cathaoirleach Dolores Minogue said, “It makes a mockery of us.”Minogue, who also lives along the banks of the river, said that the problem is especially prevalent in the summer. “Once the weather gets any way good, it has an awful stench. You can see it going into the river.
Tenaty said that he met with Irish Water representatives and he says that despite two days of inspection, they found no sewage or no odour.
Sinn Fein councillor Tom Cunningham said, “Water is so important to use in our daily life. Celtic Adventures are doing trips up the Glyde in canoes. It’s a matter of getting it out there. It does effect everyone at some stage,” while Pearse McGeough added, “Our rivers have been there for generations and they need to be protected four the generations that follow.”
Late last year, Ardee was found to be among 29 towns nationwide that failed mandatory EU quality standards for effluent wastewater treatment in 2015- meaning untreated wastewater was being discharged into the River Dee.
Water discharges from the water treatment plant in Ardee no longer warrants an EU pass – which indicates a deterioration in standards. The EPA estimate that Ardee should comply again by 2020.