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Sligo residents’ concern as sewage repeatedly leaks into their back gardens


Cllr Gerard Mullaney.

Cllr Gerard Mullaney.

Cllr Gerard Mullaney.


All efforts must be made to ensure there is no repeat of ongoing sewage issues at homes on Castle View in Ballinafad.

Cllr Gerard Mullaney outlined that residents of four homes in the housing estate faced the incredibly burdensome issue of sewage from the nearby wastewater treatment plant coming into their back garden.

“This has now happened at least three times and these are people who take great pride in their property. They’ve had sewage flowing around their yard and even though someone quickly relieves the situation and it is power hosed, you can never totally clean it,” he said.

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“The fact this has reoccurred three times means they have a fear that it will happen again.”

A spokesperson for Irish Water stated that the local wastewater department had advised crew attending the site and the matter has been investigated.

“Report shows issue stems from the wastewater plant as inlet chamber blocked. The blockage was cleared, therefore resolving the issue,” they said.

However, Cllr Mullaney stated he is unsure what they mean by ‘stems’ and that this response does not give any explanation as to why this has been a recurring issue and does little to calm the fears of residents that this could happen again.