Construction works begin on new Kerrykeel Sewerage Scheme

11 October 2021

Irish Water is delighted to announce that construction has commencement on the Kerrykeel Sewerage Scheme. The new wastewater treatment plant and sewerage infrastructure to be constructed as part of this scheme will eliminate the discharge of raw sewage into Brunside River and subsequently Mulroy Bay.

Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council, are commencing the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant in Kerrykeel as well as the construction of a new pumping station, pumped wastewater main and outfall pipe.

Once operational, the new wastewater treatment plant and associated infrastructure will ensure compliance with wastewater discharge regulations. It will also improve water quality in Brunside River and subsequently Mulroy Bay and protect recreational waters for fishing, kayaking and other water sports. It will also help in protecting the integrity of the local marine environment and supporting future economic and social development in the area.

The works which have commenced this month will be carried out by Veolia Water Ireland working on behalf of Irish Water and will be completed by early 2023.

Speaking about the project, Colm Claffey, Regional Delivery Lead with Irish Water, said: “We are looking forward to delivering this important project on behalf of the local community in Kerrykeel. This project will put an end to the discharge of untreated wastewater into Brunside River and subsequently Mulroy Bay. The project will also enhance the local environment and provide a platform for social and economic development of the area well into the future.

The project will involve the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant that will serve a population equivalent of 500, which equates to stopping over 270 wheelie bins of raw sewage being discharged to Brunside River every day. A new pumping station and pumped wastewater main will also be constructed, which will transfer wastewater to the new wastewater treatment plant for appropriate treatment. Once the wastewater is treated at the new plant, the treated water will be discharged safely back into the environment via a new outfall pipe into Brunside River.

We look forward to working with the local community to deliver this essential project in conjunction with our partners Donegal County Council and Veolia Water Ireland and eliminating the discharge of untreated wastewater into Brunside River and subsequently Mulroy Bay.

Irish Water and our appointed Contractor, Veolia Water Ireland, will continue to communicate with the local community in Kerrykeel regarding the upcoming works as well as throughout the project. For more details on the project, please check out our Kerrykeel Sewerage Scheme project page.