Some residents in Portarlington are living within 50 feet of where raw sewage is overflowing onto the ground, leading to local councillor Aidan Mullins calling for HSE advice to those who have homes in the vicinity.
Cllr Aidan Mullins brought a motion to the monthly meeting of the Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District asking Laois County Council to “investigate an old sewage treatment unit in the field opposite Sandy Lane Primary School and St Michael’s Park in Portarlington”.
He proposed that the council “have it decomissioned and removed if necessary”.
“There’s a foul odour and it’s fairly severe,” said Cllr Mullins. “When you walk into the site you can see raw sewage coming out.
“HSE advice should be passed on to people living in the area – there are people living within 50-60 feet of it.”
The council response from senior engineer Michael O’Hora said that the council carried out an investigation on the matter.
“It was found that the problem is caused by a discharge/overflow of sewage from an old Wastewater Pumping Station … the HSE has been consulted for advice in relation to risk to public health.”