Following a report by the EPA last week which revealed that raw sewage from Kilmore Quay is being pumped into the sea, a local Sinn Féin rep has demanded that immediate action be taken to deal with the potential health hazards that this poses to the local population. Mick Roche said that a secondary treatment plant for sewage had to be built in Kilmore Quay as a matter of urgency.
“Kilmore Quay is one of the jewels of tourism in the South East,” Mr Roche said, “People from all over Ireland and further afield visit the scenic fishing village and are delighted by its charm. Would they be so enthusiastic if they knew that untreated sewage was being pumped into the sea around them? This is unbelievable and completely unacceptable in this day and age.”
“The health hazards posed by raw sewage are obvious to everyone. Potentially devastating bugs may lay and fester in these conditions. This is not just an issue of disgust; it’s an issue of health and safety.”
“Among those villages with supposedly adequate waste water facilities, Bridgetown was revealed to have failed a water quality test.”
“94% of Ireland’s urban waste water now gets secondary treatment according to the EPA. Kilmore Quay is even afforded primary treatment, the minimum standard required. I am calling on the County Council to address this issue immediately and work closely with the EPA in securing government funding for the construction of a new treatment facility in Kilmore Quay.”