Burtonport Sewerage Scheme

Wastewater Project

Irish Water is working to end the discharge of untreated wastewater into Rutland Sound.

Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council is progressing works on the Burtonport Sewerage Scheme.

Currently the wastewater entering the public sewer network discharges untreated wastewater into the Rutland Sound, which threatens water quality and detracts from the amenity value, Action is required to stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into the Rutland Sound.

When completed, the scheme will end the discharge of approximately 160 wheelie bins of untreated sewage into Rutland Sound per day. It will also improve the capacity of the sewer network allowing for current and future population growth.

The project is due to commence in 2022.  



  • Better health and integrity of the environment
  • Improved water quality in the receiving waters
  • Enhanced local amenities and a platform for social and economic development
  • New infrastructure sized to accommodate future population growth

What is involved?

  • Provision of a new sewer to connect the existing sewer network to a new wastewater pumping station.
  • Construction of a new wastewater pumping station and 230m of new rising main to transport untreated wastewater to a new wastewater treatment plant.
  • Construction of a new wastewater treatment plant which will serve a population equivalent of approximately 300.
  • Connection to the existing outfall pipe to safely discharge treated wastewater to Rutland Sound.

More information

For further information you can contact the Project Team at DonegalUWW@water.ie.