Irish Water’s new €9 million wastewater treatment plant in Belmullet to serve 2,500 people and ensure capacity for economic and population growth

Posted in Connect on November 2, 2018.


Irish Water working in partnership with Mayo County Council today officially opened the new wastewater treatment plant in Belmullet, Co Mayo.

Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and wastewater services throughout Ireland, has completed a €9 million wastewater treatment plant in Belmullet which will benefit over 1,000 local people and visitors to the town and provide the capacity to treat wastewater for a population of up to 2,500 people. The new wastewater treatment plant at Corclough, together with a new treated water outfall into Blacksod Bay, will bring benefits to the town and surrounding areas in terms of health, environmental protection and improved water quality for all.

The development was officially opened by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring and Councillor Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council.

Belmullet was one of 44 towns around Ireland where wastewater was discharged untreated. The new wastewater treatment plant has ended this practise in Belmullet. Roadbridge and EPS carried out the works on behalf of Irish Water to ensure a robust wastewater treatment system maintaining Belmullet’ s place as a leading tourism area with capacity for future population and economic growth.

Speaking at today’s opening Minister Ring stated: “The investment of €9 million by Irish Water in this new treatment plant will ensure Belmullet can retain its position as a tourism hub in addition to providing the capacity for future economic development.”

Cllr Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council also commented on the value the new wastewater treatment plant will have on the area: “Belmullet is a modern and vibrant town at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way, attracting many visitors and it deserves top quality infrastructure. I am very proud to be here today to open the new plant and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work of Mayo County Council and Irish Water for bringing this long-awaited project to fruition.”

Speaking at the event Colm Claffey, Irish Water added: “The new wastewater treatment plant will ensure that wastewater is treated and discharged in compliance with the Urban Wastewater Treatment Regulations 2001 and conditions as set out in the EPA’s Wastewater Discharge Licence (WWDL). This project will also improve the water quality of nearby coastal areas, protecting bathing areas and the aquatic environment from pollution.”

The €9 million investment in the new wastewater treatment plant for Belmullet has also been welcomed by the local Chamber of Commerce President Damien Lagan: “Erris Chamber welcomes this much needed infrastructure. This project has always been high on the list of priorities for Erris Chamber and I am sure it will have an extremely positive effect on the town both for tourism and local business.”

Irish Water is investing a further €19 million in sewerage schemes in Killala, Foxford and Charlestown. The Killala Sewerage Scheme will stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into Killala Bay and the Foxford and Charlestown sewerage schemes will provide new and upgraded treatment plants for the towns to meet the current populations and will provide for future growth in the areas.

Also in Mayo, water treatment plants in Mulranny, Kiltimagh, Swinford, Foxford, Erris, Wherrew, Newport, Westport, and Louisburgh are undergoing upgrades to improve the performance of the plants.

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. These new and upgraded plants have improved the environment, supported tourism and in many cases built capacity for new homes and businesses.

Irish Water invested  €215 million last year to ensure the development and delivery of solutions to support the safe return of wastewater to the environment from almost 1.1 million homes throughout Ireland after it has travelled through 30,000 kilometres of public sewers and been treated at 1,100 wastewater treatment plants. This forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan which has committed almost €2 billion in improving wastewater quality and capacity up to 2021 and a total investment of €5.5 billion in capital spending on both drinking water and wastewater quality, capacity and infrastructure up to 2021

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