Planning application submitted for proposed Liscannor Wastewater Treatment Plant

Irish Water, working in partnership with Clare County Council, has submitted a planning application for the proposed Liscannor Wastewater Treatment Plant. This project will end the discharge of the equivalent of 1,500 wheelie bins of untreated wastewater per day into Liscannor Bay. This will bring big benefits to the area by protecting the environment, improving the water quality in the bay and supporting growth and development.

The project involves the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant, storm water storage tank, a new pump station and sewerage pipeline infrastructure. Subject to receipt of planning permission, we hope to start construction in late 2020.

Why is this needed?

Anthony Kavanagh, regional infrastructure lead with Irish Water, explains “Wastewater in the Liscannor area is currently treated by a septic tank system which discharges poorly treated effluent into Liscannor Bay. The discharge of poorly treated wastewater threatens water quality, detracts from the amenity value of Liscannor and does not comply with EU regulations relating to the treatment of wastewater.

“Protecting our precious marine environment and supporting the growth of our communities are key priorities for us in Irish Water. It is unacceptable that the equivalent of 1,500 wheelie bins of raw sewage is being discharged every day into the bay just off Liscannor which is why we are working as a matter of priority to complete this new treatment plant as quickly as possible.

“Irish Water and our appointed contractor will keep in contact with the community in advance of and throughout the works in order to minimise disruption during construction and keep everyone informed on the progress of this important project.”

More information

For more information the project team can be contacted at To find out more about projects in Clare and your local area visit our Projects and Plans section.


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