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Wastewater Operations and Maintenance


Kildare County Council’s Waste Water Operations and Maintenance Section, acting as agents for Irish Water under a Service Level agreement is responsible for the ongoing maintenance and operation of the public sewerage network throughout County Kildare, including  areas which previously fell under the remit of the Town Councils of Naas and Athy.


The Water Authority’s scope of responsibility includes all foul sewers, wastewater treatment plants and foul pumping stations that were either constructed by Kildare County Council directly, or have been subsequently taken into public charge following due process.

The Waste Water Operations and Maintenance Section is also responsible for sampling treated effluent which is being discharged from its wastewater treatment plants in accordance with the requirements of the Waste Water Discharge (Authorisation) Regulations 2007, the Urban Waste Water Treatment Regulations 2001 as amended and the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 .

The Waste Water Operations and Maintenance Section operates a preventative maintenance programme in relation to its wastewater treatment plants and foul pumping stations.

Reports received of blockages are dealt with following confirmation that the blockage is occurring within a public foul sewer and not within a private pipe line (also known as a service connection) or facility which is the responsibility of the owner.

The Waste Water Operations and Maintenance Section would request the cooperation of the general public in using the public sewerage network responsibly.

Discharging unsuitable material into the public foul sewerage system such as fats/oils/greases, baby wipes and sanitary products can cause blockages and damage to pumps and equipment. This can often result in the blocking of the service connections, which ultimately impact on the householder/business owner themselves.

Misuse of the public sewerage system has the potential to hinder the ability of Kildare County Council to provide the current high level of service that its users enjoy.

The following document has been produced by Kildare County Council as a guide to members of the public in terms of many aspects concerning both the responsibilities of the public as well as Kildare Co Councils responsibilities in relation to sewerage systems.

The Operation & Maintenance of Domestic & Commercial Sewers-A Property Owners Guide

The following document has also been produced by Kildare County Council as a guide for developers and their agents in terms of pumping stations requirements as part of new or upgraded developments planned in County Kildare.

Requirements for Foul Pumping Stations & Associated Infrastructure