Irish Water, working in partnership with Carlow County Council, has recently completed a project to improve the wastewater treatment network serving Carlow town by upgrading two local wastewater pumping stations.

The upgrades of the Quinagh Green and Wexford Road Pumping Stations, costing €380,000 will improve the performance of these two plants, thereby reducing the risk of disruption to residents and businesses in Carlow due to blockages or plant breakdown. This will in turn provide added protection to the local environment from potential sewage spills.

An additional benefit is that it will deliver financial savings, with lower maintenance costs associated with the newly refurbished plants. The upgrade of the Wexford Road Pumping Station, for example, will mean that it will no longer be necessary to remove wastewater from the site by tanker which will also lead to a noticeable reduction in heavy traffic.

David Sharry, Capital Programmes Regional Lead with Irish Water, commented “This investment of €380,000 by Irish Water in improving the wastewater treatment network in Carlow brings immediate and long-term benefits in terms of improved performance, efficiency and safety.

An effective wastewater treatment network is essential in facilitating social and economic development. From 2017 – 2021, the remaining period of the Irish Water Business Plan, the utility is ramping up investment to spend an average of €326m per year on wastewater infrastructure. Investments such as this one and recently completed wastewater treatment plants in Rathvilly and Hacketstown are part of this programme.

The works at Quinagh Green and Wexford Road were carried out by EPS Limited on behalf of Irish Water and took four months to complete.


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