Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council, would like to thank the members of the public who attended the public information day at Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair on Tuesday.

Up to 200 people attended the event which was organised to outline to the public details of the innovative solution being put forward for the Gweedore Sewerage Scheme.

Irish Water would also like to thank the elected representatives and the local Chamber of Commerce who have been supportive of Irish Water’s plans for this area.

Irish Water has identified a solution, which has been used successfully in several other countries, for the provision of sewerage treatment services for the residents and businesses of Gweedore. The solution will meet the needs of the local community and ensure compliance with the Urban Waste Water Directive.

Following extensive investigations Irish Water has determined that due to the specific ground conditions and the dispersion of homes in the Gweedore area, a traditional waste water network would not work. Having examined all possible alternatives the utility is proposing to install a pressure sewer system which will allow for the use of an existing waste water treatment plant in the area which Irish Water will take ownership of and upgrade. This solution will ensure that houses and businesses in the Gweedore area can be connected to this public system regardless of location.

Speaking after Tuesday’s open day Irish Water’s Sustainability Policy & Innovations Lead Mark O’Callaghan said: “Since the day we met the elected representatives and our follow on meeting with the Chamber of Commerce it has been clear to see that there is a genuine excitement about this project. A scheme had been promised in Gweedore for many years and working with Donegal County Council we are delighted to be delivering it. We had a fantastic turn out on Tuesday, people were keen to see the plans for their area and this project is going to have a very positive impact on the community.”

Mr O’Callaghan added: “This system is capable of expanding to accommodate any future domestic, business and commercial connections, as required, supporting the future economic growth of the region while ensuring the water quality in Gweedore Bay is protected and improved.”

To progress the implementation of this system Irish Water will, with local co-operation, proceed with a demonstration project involving 20 to 30 houses which will be operated and monitored for a period of eight to 12 months. This will give the stakeholders an opportunity to see the system in action. This will be followed by a roll out of the main scheme which will have the benefit of any learnings from the demonstration project.

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