Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and wastewater services in Ireland, in conjunction with Donegal County Council, will shortly begin construction on a new Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) for Bundoran. Bundoran has no treatment plant at the moment and untreated wastewater is currently being discharged into the sea at Bundoran Bay.

The recently published EPA report “Focus on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2013” highlighted a number of towns and villages across the country where there is inadequate or no wastewater treatment. Under its Capital Investment Programme, Irish Water is prioritising projects to address these deficits, including a new treatment plant for Bundoran.

The building of the WWTP is part of the contract for the Donegal Group B Sewerage Scheme which was tendered by Donegal County Council in 2013. Irish Water took over responsibility for this contract in early 2014 and the utility now plans to secure the land rights necessary to complete the work by Compulsory Purchase Order, before the contract can be awarded. The land areas subject to the CPO, on which there are no properties, are in Magheracar and Drumacrin, Bundoran and affected land owners have been advised and can lodge objections with An Bord Pleanala on or before 2nd July next.

Approximately, €9M will be spent on the WWTP and associated pumping stations, sewers, outfalls and the access road in Bundoran, and the final plant will have the capacity to serve a population equivalent of up to 12,000 P.E.

Commenting on Irish Water’s planned investment in Bundoran, Regional Information Manager with Irish Water Sean Corrigan said; “This project is urgently needed to address the underinvestment in wastewater treatment facilities in Bundoran, a thriving town with an important coastal tourism industry. The new plant will ensure that wastewater is treated to a high standard, in a facility designed to meet future demand as a result of increased residential or commercial development in the area. The local community and visitors alike will benefit significantly from these improvements to the network.”

Irish Water invested €340m in improving water and waste water services in 2014 and will invest over €410 million in improving water services during 2015. This spend will increase over subsequent years. Capital investment of approximately €600m per year is required for a sustained period of several decades, in order to address the acknowledged deficiencies in the country’s water infrastructure.


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