Killenard village in Laois
Eleven homes built long before the celtic tiger development of Killenard village in Laois, were left out of the new sewerage system installed at that time.
The eleven 'New Houses' as they are called, were built in 1982 by Laois County Council. They still include six council social houses. All rely on individual septic tanks.
Cllr Paschal McEvoy said that “it makes no sense whatsoever”, speaking at the February meeting of Portarlington Graiguecullen Municipal District.
“For the life of me, I can’t understand why they were not connected when the new sewage pipes came into play,” he said.
His motion to Irish Water to connect the homes was backed by Cllr Tom Mulhall.
“In fact these are nearly the oldest houses in Killenard. A row of 11 individual septic tanks is hard to credit. I don’t think new planning regulations would accept it. They are not far from the wastewater equipment in Ballycarroll, I think it’s very doable,” Cllr Mulhall said.
The council’s water engineer Michael O’Hora will do a topographical survey to see if a gravity connection would work.
“This is unlikely,” Mr O’Hora added.
A design and a budget will also be done, including the cost of a new pumping station if required.
If the cost is not too high for a grant under the Multi-Annual Rural Water Programme, a proposal can then be made to create a Group Water Scheme, to seek department funding in 2019.