Irish Water has been granted planning permission for the upgrade of the existing Ballybofey/Stranorlar wastewater treatment plant as part of the Donegal Towns and Villages Sewerage Schemes project.

This represents an estimated €5.2 million investment by Irish Water which will see the treatment capacity of the plant treble from 4,000 population equivalent to 12,200. This follows on from a €30.8 million investment which has already been committed by Irish Water to wastewater infrastructure in Co Donegal.

The project, which will be carried out in partnership with Donegal County Council, involves the replacement and upgrading of equipment, construction of a new storm water tank, new treatment units, a new control building and associated site works. All works will be carried out within the footprint of the existing site.

Commenting Colm Claffey, Irish Water’s Wastewater Network Lead said: “The new plant will ensure that treated effluent meets EPA standards and will also allow for future population growth and economic development in the area. The works will also increase the plant’s capacity to deal with storm water events with the construction of a new storm water tank.”

The contract for construction will go to tender in November 2016.

This project follows on from other such projects already in progress in County Donegal including the Glenties/Dungloe Wastewater Treatment Plants and the Donegal Group B Sewerage Scheme which includes new wastewater treatment plants at Killybegs, Bundoran, Glencolumbkille and Convoy. These projects represent a combined €30.8 million investment by Irish water in the upgrade of wastewater infrastructure in Donegal.

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan where over €530 million will be invested in upgrading water services in 2016 to improve the country’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s recently published Business Plan.

Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.


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