Back from left, Tommy Ryan, Chief Executive Cavan County Council; Michael Tinsley, Irish Water; Cllr John Paul Feeley; Senator Diarmuid Wilson. Front from left Senator Joe O'Reilly; Niamh Smyth, TD; Minister Heather Humphreys; Cathaoirleach Fergal Curtin; Brendan Smith, TD.

Irish Water marked the official opening of the Cavan Wastewater Treatment Plant today, following a €14.5 million upgrade to the plant by the national utility. In addition to this, Irish Water has also invested €9.5 million in upgrading the Cavan sewerage network. These two projects combined will provide Cavan town with a state of the art wastewater collection and treatment system, benefiting local residents and businesses.

The plant was officially opened by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, TD.

The works included the upgrading of the existing treatment plant which was built to cater for a population equivalent of 20,000 to now cater for a population equivalent of 30,000. There were also upgrades carried out to the pumping stations and storm water tanks. The sewerage network project involved the construction of 13 kilometres of new wastewater collection network. A storm water retention tank was also constructed in the centre of Cavan town.

These works will facilitate the long term economic growth and population development of Cavan town and its hinterlands. They will reduce the frequency of untreated wastewater spills from the collection network thereby improving water quality in the Cavan River. The quality of treated discharge to the Cavan River will comply with the standards set down by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Glan Agua Ltd were the contractors for the design and construction of the wastewater treatment plant while P&S Civil Works oversaw the upgrading and extension of the wastewater collection network.

Speaking at the official opening Irish Water’s Infrastructure Portfolio Delivery Manager, Michael Tinsley, said “Today marks a significant milestone in Irish Water’s investment in the wastewater infrastructure for Cavan town. The investment will ensure that Cavan’s wastewater is collected and treated to the highest environmental standard while at the same time allowing for future growth in local population and economic activity."

Minister Humphreys added “This new, enhanced facility in Cavan town will ensure homeowners and businesspeople in the town and beyond have access to a high quality water supply. This sort of investment is very important in terms of attracting new businesses and increasing employment in the town and, of course, it will also support future growth in population in the area. It is very important that we continue to invest in our water infrastructure so we can ensure local people get the best possible service.”

Welcoming the official opening of the new plant, Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Feargal Curtin, commented “The Cavan Wastewater Treatment Plant was originally constructed in 1989 and catered for the needs of the population of Cavan town and its environs.  As the town’s commercial and domestic population increased and a more stringent discharge licence enforced from the Environmental Protection Agency, an upgrade was required. This was procured through the design build option and the successful contractor, Glan Agua Ltd, commenced on site in May 2014. The construction and commissioning took 16 months and increased the plant’s capacity from 20,000 PE to 30,000 PE which allows for growth and development to occur within the towns’ catchment. The process installed is cutting edge, allowing the plant to be operated on instruments with new technology dealing with nitrogen removal, the first of its kind in Ireland, and state of the art process control allowing 24 hour monitoring and alarm dial out facilities to deal with emergencies.”

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s recently published Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.

For more information, please view the Irish Water Business Plan in full. 


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