Minister Michael Ring and Cathaoirleach Blackie K Gavin turn sod on Irish Water’s €19m investment projects in Killala, Foxford and Charlestown

Posted in Connect on November 30, 2018.

Works will stop the discharge of untreated sewage

Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring and Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie K Gavin today (Friday) officially turned the sod for three wastewater treatment plants in Co Mayo as part of a €19 million investment by Irish Water

Working in partnership with Mayo County Council, Irish Water is investing €19 million in upgrading the Foxford and Charlestown wastewater schemes replace the existing ageing infrastructure and providing new and efficient treatment systems in order to meet the current and future needs of the communities.

The new Killala Sewerage Scheme will stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into Killala Bay. The practice of discharging untreated wastewater to the bay is not acceptable and Irish Water intends to rectify this problem in conjunction with Mayo County Council by constructing a new Wastewater Treatment Plant to ensure that effluent discharging to Killala Bay meets appropriate discharge standards.

The new upgraded wastewater treatment works will also improve the water quality of the River Moy in Foxford and the Mullaghanoe River in Charlestown.  The Mullaghanoe River is a tributary of the Moy Catchment which is an EU protected Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under that Habitats Directive

Speaking at the event today Paul Fallon Irish Water commented “This necessary project will ensure environmental protection, improved water quality and underpin the developmental potential of the three towns.

Work on these essential projects has commenced and it is expected that the project will be completed by early 2020. Once fully commissioned, the newly upgraded plants will have the capacity to serve a combined future population equivalent of over 9,000.  Ryan Hanley and Glan Agua are carrying out the works on behalf of Irish Water.”

Minister Ring stated “Today is a red letter day for these three towns that will benefit greatly from this €19 million investment by Irish Water.

These upgrade works will increase the treatment capacity of each of the plants to meet the current needs of the towns and to allow for future growth. The works will also ensure that wastewater is treated and discharged in compliance with the Urban Wastewater Treatment Regulations and with the conditions of the Wastewater Discharge Licence (WWDL) issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It will also improve the water quality of nearby coastal areas, protecting bathing areas and the aquatic environment from pollution.”

Mayo County Council Cathaoirleach, Cllr Blackie Gavin, added “The local communities of Foxford, Killala and Charlestown will benefit greatly from the investment into treatment plants in their areas. We at Mayo County Council have a mandate to ensure the well-being of the citizens of this county, and we want to ensure, in tandem with Irish Water, that these works are fully commissioned and upgraded to provide future growth for these prosperous communities.””

“Mayo County Council is delighted to be working in partnership with Irish Water on this essential project. Providing modern infrastructure for improved water quality is an essential ingredient of modern living in Co Mayo. The effective treatment of wastewater to the highest standards is vital for the quality of our aquatic environment and in turn will bring economic and developmental benefits to Mayo communities” said Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council.

Since its inception in 2014 Irish Water has invested over €40 million in Mayo between water and wastewater projects and will be spending a further €70.5 million between now and 2021.  That’s a total investment of €111 Million with a projected investment of an additional €9 million after 2021.

Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan up to 2021. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6bn.

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