The communities in 21 small towns and villages have very good news this week as upgrades for their wastewater treatment plants have all been given the go-ahead. It will provide a great step forward in protecting local environments and allows for additional capacity for development in these towns and villages. Facilitating more people to live in towns and villages will help reduce commute distances and reinvigorate rural villages and towns.
The planned upgrades will take place in 16 different counties and this is in addition to 15 wastewater treatment plant upgrades approved earlier in the year in 13 counties. The projects were selected following detailed consultation between Irish Water and Local Authorities to identify and prioritise areas for investment. Local councillors also worked to highlight the areas most in need.
Irish Water’s planning team reviewed of submissions with a focus on the right sized projects for the right town or village at the right cost. The projects will now continue through the next stages including design, detailed planning, procurement and approvals. Further updates on the budget and timelines for delivery will be provided in due course and will be available on Irish Water’s website www.water.ie
These upgrades are part of Irish Water’s Capital Investment Plan, investing €5.2 billion in the period from 2020-2024 in drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure.
Upgrades are planned for:
Carlow, Ballinabrannagh; Cavan, Mullagh; Cork, Ballineen/Enniskean; Cork, Belgooley; Cork, Ballinspittle; Cork, Castlemagnier; Donegal, Mountcharles; Kildare, Timolin; Kilkenny, Bennettsbridge; Limerick, Hospital; Longford, Killashee; Louth, Castlebellingham; Mayo, Doogort; Monaghan, Oram; Roscommon, Lecarrow; Sligo, Mullaghmore; Tipperary, Kilsheelan; Tipperary, Lisvarrinane; Waterford, Lemybrien; Wexford, Wellingtonbridge; Wexford, Grahormac (Tagoat).
Projects announced earlier in 2021
Cavan, Ballyconnell; Clare, Doonbeg: Cork, Killumney: Cork City, Killeens: Fingal, Naul; Galway, Ballygar; Kerry, Fenit; Kerry, Knightstown; Kildare, Derinturn; Laois, Ballyroan; Leitrim, Carrigallen; Meath, Longwood; Offaly, Rhode; Westmeath, Ballymore; Wicklow, Aughrim.