Six new waste wa­ter plants in county by 2021

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

IR­ISH Wa­ter has de­clared its com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing wastew­a­ter treat­ment sys­tems in six ar­eas of County Wex­ford by 2021 – En­nis­cor­thy, Arthurstown, Bal­ly­hack,Dun­can­non, Fethard-on-Sea and Kil­more Quay.

The up­grade of the wastew­a­ter in­fra­struc­ture in these lo­ca­tions will help to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity, en­hance the at­trac­tive­ness of the ar­eas and pro­mote eco­nomic devel­op­ment, ac­cord­ing to Niall O’ Rior­dan, Wastew­a­ter In­fra­struc­ture Lead.

The util­ity com­pany said its on­go­ing in­vest­ment in wastew­a­ter treat­ment is be­ing felt by com­mu­ni­ties through­out the coun­try in­clud­ing Wex­ford as new wastew­a­ter plants are built and more are up­graded.

In 2016, Ir­ish Wa­ter in­vested €7.2 mil­lion in up­grad­ing the Cour­town Wastew­a­ter Treat­ment Plant, en­sur­ing that treated ef­flu­ent stan­dards are met and main­tained to en­sure a high qual­ity of wa­ter in Cour­town’s coastal ar­eas. The in­creased ca­pac­ity al­lows all wastew­a­ter from both the Cour­town and Gorey catch­ment ar­eas to be treated.

A €16.3 mil­lion project to up­grade wastew­a­ter treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties in En­nis­cor­thy started last year. It in­volves the ex­pan­sion of the ex­ist­ing En­nis­cor­thy wastew­a­ter treat­ment plant and the de­com­mis­sion­ing of the ex­ist­ing Ki­lago­ley plant along with ex­ten­sive up­grade work to three pump­ing sta­tions, the con­struc­tion of a new foul sewer and sewer re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion works.

The new plant will be fully op­er­a­tional by the mid­dle of next year and will en­sure that waste wa­ter from En­nis­cor­thy is fully treated and is com­pli­ant with all li­cence re­quire­ments and en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions be­fore be­ing dis­charged into the River Slaney, ac­cord­ing to Mr. O’ Rior­dan.

In part­ner­ship with Wex­ford County Coun­cil, Ir­ish Wa­ter is also work­ing to end the dis­charge of un­treated wastew­a­ter to the Bar­row/Nore/Suir Es­tu­ary. The build­ing of a new wastew­a­ter treat­ment plant and as­so­ci­ated net­work in­fra­struc­ture in Arthurstown, is ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2021.

The new plant will stop the dis­charge of the equiv­a­lent of an es­ti­mated 1,500 wheelie bins of un­treated wastew­a­ter and sewage in Arthurstown, Bal­ly­hack and Dun­can­non per day.

Plans are also be­ing put in place to con­struct new wastew­a­ter treat­ment plants in Fethard-on-Sea and Kil­more Quay be­fore 2021.

Mr. O’Rior­dan said Ir­ish Wa­ter is on track to de­liver on ap­proved in­vest­ment plans which will re­sult in no ar­eas of the coun­try hav­ing any form of un­treated wastew­a­ter dis­charge by 2021.

Since 2014 Ir­ish Wa­ter has up­graded or built new wastew­a­ter treat­ment plants in 55 lo­ca­tions across the coun­try in­clud­ing 12 towns where raw sewage was go­ing di­rectly into the wa­ter.

Sev­eral wastew­a­ter projects are cur­rently in the de­sign and plan­ning stage and ex­pen­di­ture dur­ing this stage is sig­nif­i­cantly lower than dur­ing con­struc­tion.

Con­se­quently there will be a large in­crease in wastew­a­ter ex­pen­di­ture over the next few years up to the end of 2021.

‘In Wex­ford we are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing ap­pro­pri­ate wastew­a­ter treat­ment in six ar­eas by 2021 – En­nis­cor­thy, Arthurstown, Bal­ly­hack Dun­can­non, Fethard-on-Sea and Kil­more Quay’, said Mr. O’Rior­dan.

The up­grade of the wastew­a­ter in­fra­struc­ture in these ar­eas will help to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity, en­hance of the area’s amenity value and will act as a plat­form for so­cial and eco­nomic devel­op­ment’, he added.

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