Green light for 21 additional projects to support growth and development in small towns and villages

30 September 2021

Twenty one additional wastewater treatment plants have been selected for upgrade as part of the Small Towns and Villages Growth Programme. This follows the announcement of 15 projects earlier in the summer and forms part of Irish Water’s commitment to supporting growth and development in local towns and villages throughout the country, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.

Working in partnership with Local Authorities, this investment in the local wastewater infrastructure will provide additional capacity for the development of new homes, while ensuring that wastewater continues to be treated to an appropriate standard.

Irish Water has announced these projects now to enable Local Authorities to make plans on housing and development into the short and medium term supporting their regional and local development plans.

Sean Laffey, Irish Water’s Head of Asset Management, said: “The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD recently announced the Housing for All plan and this is one of Irish Water’s key initiatives in supporting the delivery of this plan. Irish Water is able to confirm that the green light has been given for these projects which will improve treatment capacity in these small towns and villages. This will unlock growth and development in these areas by ensuring the treatment infrastructure is in place to meet the needs of the towns and villages.

Irish Water put this unique programme in place and allocated funding having identified the need to support growth in smaller towns and villages. The projects were selected following detailed consultation with Local Authorities to identify and prioritise areas for investment. We would also like to thank local councillors across the country of their engagement with us on highlighting the areas most in need.”  

The announcement today was made possible after Irish Water’s planning team finalised their reviews of all submissions with a focus on the right sized projects for the right town or village at the right cost. The project will now continue through the next stages including design, detailed planning, procurement and approvals. Further updates on the budget and timelines for delivery will be provided in due course. Looking forward, Irish Water anticipates that this programme will continue in the next capital investment programme delivering further upgrades to cater for growth.

Irish Water is responsible for public water and wastewater infrastructure and is committed to providing a safe and reliable water supply, protecting the environment and supporting the growth of homes and businesses. The building, repair and upgrading of Irish Water’s water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants, water and sewer network will require a multi-billion euro investment programme over many years. Irish Water is investing €5.2 billion in the period from 2020-2024 in drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure.

Details of the current Capital Investment Plan and planned investments in each county will be published in the coming weeks.

Additional 21 projects selected

CountyAreaFurther details:
Carlow Ballinabrannagh Upgrade of the Ballinabrannagh WWTP at the existing site to provide additional capacity for growth.
Cavan Mullagh Upgrade of the Mullagh WWTP at the existing site to provide additional capacity for growth.
Cork Ballineen/Enniskean Upgrade of the Ballineen/Enniskean WWTP at the existing site to provide additional capacity for growth.
Cork Belgooley The project will amalgamate and consolidate existing wastewater treatment infrastructure in the Belgooley area into a single WWTP with capacity to cater for the existing development and projected growth.
Cork Ballinspittle The project will amalgamate and consolidate existing wastewater treatment infrastructure in the Ballinspittle area with capacity to cater for the existing development and projected growth.
Cork Castlemagnier The project will amalgamate and consolidate existing wastewater treatment infrastructure in the Castlemagnier areas with capacity to cater for the existing development and projected growth.
Donegal Mountcharles The project will cease discharge in Mountcharles, transferring flows to the Donegal Town network.
Kildare Timolin Upgrade of the Timolin WWTP at the existing site to provide additional capacity for growth.
Kilkenny Bennettsbridge The project will amalgamate and consolidate existing wastewater treatment infrastructure in the Bennettsbridge area to cater for the existing development and projected growth. Water Supply capacity upgrade will also be provided where necessary.
Limerick Hospital Upgrade of the Hospital WWTP at the existing site to provide additional capacity for growth.
Longford Killashee The project will amalgamate and consolidate existing wastewater treatment infrastructure in the Killashee areas to cater for the existing development and projected growth.
Louth Castlebellingham Upgrade of the Castlebellingham WWTP at the existing site to provide additional capacity for growth.
Mayo Doogort Provision of a new WWTP at a new site to provide additional capacity for growth
Monaghan Oram Upgrade of the Oram WWTP at the existing site to provide additional capacity for growth.
Roscommon Lecarrow Upgrade of the Lecarrow WWTP at the existing site to provide additional capacity for growth.
Sligo Mullaghmore Provision of a new WWTP at a new site to provide capacity for growth
Tipperary Kilsheelan Upgrade of the Kilsheelan WWTP at the existing site to provide additional capacity for growth.
Tipperary Lisvarrinane Upgrade of the Lisvarrinane WWTP at the existing site to provide additional capacity for growth.
Waterford Lemybrien Upgrade of the Lemybrien WWTP at the existing site to provide additional capacity for growth. Water Supply capacity upgrade will also be provided where necessary.
Wexford Wellingtonbridge Upgrade of capacity for Wellingtonbridge to provide for growth
Wexford Grahormac (Tagoat) Upgrade of the Tagoat WWTP to provide additional capacity for growth.

Projects already announced in 2021

  1. Cavan, Ballyconnell WWTP
  2. Clare, Doonbeg WWTP
  3. Cork, Killumney WWTP
  4. Cork City, Killeens WWTP
  5. Fingal, Naul WWTP
  6. Galway, Ballygar WWTP
  7. Kerry, Fenit WWTP
  8. Kerry, Knightstown WWTP
  9. Kildare, Derinturn WWTP
  10. Laois, Ballyroan WWTP
  11. Leitrim, Carrigallen WWTP
  12. Meath, Longwood WWTP
  13. Offaly, Rhode WWTP
  14. Westmeath, Ballymore WWTP
  15. Wicklow, Aughrim WWTP