Sinn Fein councillor Tom Cunningham says that the issue of a foul odour coming from the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Ardee has been addressed.
Cunningham says that he received confirmation from Irish Water of an ‘operational issue’ at the plant with the company telling him the problem ‘has been addressed.’ The councillor received a number of complaints from locals, including Ardee man Brendan McKenna, in relation to the foul odour emanating from the Waste Water Treatment Works plant in the town.
“Irish Water has also confirmed that they plan to upgrade the plant which will see an increase in capacity from 5,000pe to 8,000pe,” Cunningham said in a statement. “I welcome the work which should begin over the summer.
“In the meantime, the odour problem has been addressed and people will be able to open their windows again and enjoy this good weather,” he added.
The problem has been a long standing one for locals in Ardee. especially in areas in close proximity to the treatment plant such as Tierney Street, Dawson’s Demesne and Old Dawson’ Demesne.
Speaking at the last Ardee Municipal District meeting, Cunningham said, “Our rivers have been there for generations and they need to be protected four the generations that follow.” That meeting heard that Irish Water officials had apparently found no problem in Ardee.
That is despite that in 2016, 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.
Cllr Cunningham will be raising the issue at this Thursday’s Ardee Municipal Council meeting, where he will ask council officials for an update on the issue from their point of view.