Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and wastewater services throughout Ireland, has confirmed that five new wastewater treatment plants in the towns of Abbyleix, Durrow, Mountrath, Rathdowney and Stradbally plus upgrade works to the wastewater network at each of these towns and at Clonaslee, are nearing completion.

A total of €22.9 million has been invested in wastewater infrastructure in Laois with all works due for completion by August 2015. €9.5 million has been spent on the wastewater treatment plants and €13.4 million on upgrades to the sewerage network. Combined these upgrades will benefit 18,500 people across Co. Laois, improving environmental standards and allowing for future growth.

Before this work was carried out, these towns in Co. Laois faced significant environmental pollution due to the defective sewer pipes and poor state of repair of the existing sewerage system. The completed Laois Grouped Towns Sewerage Scheme will bring significant improvements, providing for sustainable collection, treatment and disposal of sewage and reducing the frequency and volume of untreated wastewater spills. Water quality in local rivers will also improve and the risk of flooding to premises in each town will be greatly reduced. The upgrade is vital for the sustainable development of each town and to ensure the quality of treated discharges comply with the standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Vincent Angland, Capital Delivery Lead at Irish Water said, “The wastewater capacity in these towns in Laois has come under significant pressure in recent years due to the continuous growth of the region. The upgrades carried out by Irish Water provide essential environmental improvements, but also have a significant positive impact on the continuing growth and development potential of these towns. Each town now has a robust sustainable wastewater system in place that can maintain compliance with the environmental standards set by the EPA.”

Further details on the location and capacity of each of the new wastewater treatment plants are included in the table below:

TownLocation of new treatment plantRiver where treated effluent is dischargedPopulation Equivalent (PE)
Abbyleix Approx. 1km to the west of the existing WWTP which will be decommissioned River Nore, part of the River Barrow and River Nore Special Area of Conservations 4,000
Durrow Adjacent to the site of the existing WWTP which will be decommissioned Erkina River 3,000
Mountrath Adjacent to the site of the existing WWTP which will be decommissioned Whitehorse River, tributary of the River Nore 4,500
Rathdowney Adjacent to the site of the existing WWTP which will be decommissioned Erkina River 3,500
Stradbally Adjacent to the site of the existing WWTP which will be decommissioned Stradbally River, a tributary of the River Barrow 3,500

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