24 October 2017 Go back to News
Integrated Constructed Wetland wastewater treatment system proposed for Co. Kerry
System would facilitate future growth and development while offering significant environmental benefits
Irish Water is working to provide a sustainable wastewater treatment system for Lixnaw which will support the continued growth and development of the community while also delivering significant environmental benefits.
Lixnaw is currently served by a wastewater treatment plant which only provides primary treatment of wastewater and is not large enough to treat all the wastewater from the village. This treatment plant is licenced by the EPA who have stipulated an upgrade is required in order to comply with statutory requirements by December 31, 2019.
The proposed solution is an Integrated Constructed Wetland (ICW) which is a type of sustainable wastewater treatment system that is designed to look and function as a natural wetland. Constructed wetlands are created for the purpose of treating wastewater from small, rural communities in an environmentally-friendly way before allowing it to return to the water system safely.
The system being proposed for Lixnaw would have the capacity to treat the wastewater from a population equivalent to 1,200 people. This would cater for the existing population as well as the projected future growth of the community. A 5.5 hectare site located to the West-Northwest of the village has been identified for the proposed ICW.
In designing this system, Irish Water has engaged closely with local residents to ensure that all the relevant feedback is incorporated into the designs. As part of this process, a group of people from Lixnaw were brought to view an Integrated Constructed Wetland in Dunhill, Co Waterford. The project team has also held an information evening in Lixnaw at which valuable input was received from members of the community.
Following this process, Irish Water is now ready to progress with a planning application for the project.
Paul Cremin, Capital Programmes Regional Lead with Irish Water, commented “An Integrated Constructed Wetland is an excellent wastewater treatment solution for a community like Lixnaw. Not only does it treat wastewater to a very high standard, but it also encourages biodiversity by providing a habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to developing an ICW. Each site is unique which is why we have been engaging closely with the local community to ensure that we have all the relevant information before proceeding with this planning application. We will continue to welcome all input from local residents as we move forward with this project.”
Subject to the planning process, it is hoped that construction work will get underway by summer 2018.
For more information, visit our section on Integrated Constructed Wetlands.