Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and wastewater services throughout Ireland, together with Kilkenny County Council, today welcomed the official opening of Freshford Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) by Chairman of Kilkenny County Council Pat Millea. The Freshford plant is one of three new wastewater treatment plants planned to serve the villages of Freshford, Johnstown and Goresbridge. Completion of the new plants will involve an investment of €3.3m in total, with capacity to serve between 600 and 1,100 PE (population equivalent), according to requirements.

The existing plant at Freshford was built in the 1940s and provides primary treatment only for a population of 300. The new Freshford plant at Clinstown, close to the village will improve the quality of effluent being discharged to the Nuenna River and provide an increased long term capacity to allow the surrounding communities to grow. The Johnstown and Goresbridge plants being constructed on the sites of existing plants will also provide much needed wastewater treatment capacity in these areas. Completion of the Goresbridge and Johnstown treatment plants is expected in November.

Ger O’Leary, Regional Capital Delivery Lead, Irish Water said, “Continued investment in new and upgraded plants like those in Freshford, Johnstown and Goresbridge is essential to ensure that wastewater discharged into Ireland’s rivers and waterways is treated to a high standard, protecting our local environment. Irish Water is prioritising improvements to the wastewater treatment network to minimise localised pollution from old or inadequate wastewater treatment systems.”

Chairman of Kilkenny County Council Pat Millea, welcoming the opening said, “Providing a new Treatment Plant in Freshford has been the biggest priority in Kilkenny County Council’s Water Services Capital Programme for the last number of years. The opening of the new Freshford Wastewater Treatment Plant and the completion of plants at Johnstown and Goresbridge, along with contract signings for Castlecomer, Urlingford and Stoneyford Wastewater Treatment Plants signify a huge boost and much needed investment for County Kilkenny. I would like to thank Irish Water for completing the Freshford Wastewater Treatment Plant Project.”

Irish Water invested €340m in improving water and wastewater services in 2014 and will invest over €410 million in improving water services during 2015. This spend will increase over subsequent years. Capital investment of approximately €600m per year is required for a sustained period of several decades, in order to address the acknowledged deficiencies in the country’s water infrastructure.


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