Kerry County Council says a group of locals looking to start a group water or sewerage scheme need to engage a private engineer.
The four premises in Caherdaniel currently have no treatment system; their waste water is discharged into water courses in the area.
Council management were responding to queries about sewerage in Caherdaniel by Councillors Michael Cahill and Norma Moriarty.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Norma Moriarty said the majority of homes in Caherdaniel have septic tanks but there are four homes and businesses that have neither a septic tank nor are they on a sewerage scheme; their waste water is going into the water courses in the area.
She says they’re willing to put a system in place but want support and advice from the council about setting up a sewerage or group water scheme.
Council management said Caherdaniel is not a concern for Irish Water as there is no sewerage scheme in place; they also noted there’s no question in relation to the quality of water at the blue flag beach there.
They advised the locals to engage an engineer, but said the council engineers wouldn’t be available as they’re working on behalf of Irish Water.
Cllr Norma Moriarty is not happy with the council’s response, and feels the locals shouldn’t have to engage a private engineer: