Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and wastewater services throughout Ireland, will invest €3.3M, in partnership with Kilkenny County Council, to upgrade the wastewater treatment plants in Castlecomer, Urlingford and Stoneyford. Response Engineering Ltd. has been awarded the contract and work begins immediately.

Treatment of wastewater at existing plants serving these areas does not currently meet required environmental standards resulting in inadequately treated wastewater being discharged into the receiving waters. This is particularly important in Castlecomer and Stoneyford where the treated wastewater is discharged into the River Barrow and River Nore SAC (Special Area of Conservation).

The project which is expected to take 12 months to complete, will serve 1,300 existing households and businesses in these towns and the increased treatment capacity at each plant will allow for future development. The upgraded plants will significantly improve the treatment of wastewater, ensuring compliance with environmental standards and enhanced water quality of the rivers into which the treated water is discharged.

A new pumping station at the River Dinin Crossing in Castlecomer will also reduce storm water flow to these treatment plants and improve their overall operational efficiency.

The following works will be completed:

  • Wastewater treatment Plant (2,500 Population Equivalent [p.e.]) at Castlecomer.
  • Wastewater treatment Plant (1,500 p.e.) at Urlingford.
  • Wastewater treatment Plant (600 p.e.) at Stoneyford.
  • Pumping Station at the River Dinin Crossing in Castlecomer.

Michael Tinsley, Wastewater Capital Programme Lead, Irish Water said; “The current management and treatment of wastewater in Ireland is insufficient, leading to situations where inadequately treated or in some cases untreated wastewater is being discharged into our rivers. This is wholly unacceptable and must be addressed. This investment in Kilkenny will deliver improved wastewater treatment services, benefitting the community, the environment and the local economy. Irish Water, working with Kilkenny County Council, is looking forward to delivering a first class waste water service for the communities and businesses in Castlecomer, Urlingford and Stoneyford.”

Councillor Pat Millea, Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, said; “It is great to see the upgrades for Castlecomer, Stonyford and Urlingford wastewater treatment plants finally come to fruition. They have been long awaited and the improvement to the water quality in local rivers will be very welcome. Along with the three other plants already under construction at Freshford, Johnstown and Goresbridge, we can see real progress in improvement of local water quality treatment in County Kilkenny.”

 Picture front row left to right are: John Tierney, Managing Director, Irish Water, Noel O’Keeffe, Chairman, Response Engineering Ltd., Cllr. Pat Mellea, Cathaoirleach, Kilkenny County Council and John Mulholland, CEO, Kilkenny County Council attending the signing of the Contract with Response Engineering Ltd., along with representatives from Kilkenny County Council and Irish Water.


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