Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and wastewater services throughout Ireland, has announced details of a €9 million investment in the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant in Belmullet, Co. Mayo. Belmullet is one of 44 towns around Ireland where wastewater is discharged untreated. The works to be carried out by Irish Water will end this practise in Belmullet.

Over 1,000 people will benefit from the new treatment plant.  Roadbridge and EPS will carry out the works on behalf of Irish Water. Works on the new plant, which will be located on the Toorglass Road, are due to begin this summer and are set to take 18 months to complete.  The works will ensure robust wastewater treatment which will assist in maintaining Belmullet’s place as a leading tourism area and will provide the capacity for future population and economic growth. 

Commenting on the investment Regional Information Officer for Irish Water Sean Corrigan said: “This is a good news story for the community of Belmullet which is finally receiving this long overdue investment. The practice of discharging untreated wastewater in one of the most scenic places on the Wild Atlantic Way should not be happening and the new waste water treatment plant is a vital piece of infrastructure for a thriving market town.”

Belmulllet is currently on the EPA’s published list of 44 sites with no wastewater treatment facilities and one of the primary drivers for this project was the protection of Broadhaven Bay and Blacksod Bay, both Special Areas of Conservation and designated Shellfish Waters,” added Sean.

The provision of the new Wastewater Treatment Plant in Belmullet by Irish Water in partnership with Mayo County Council will bring benefits to the town and surrounding areas in terms of health, environmental protection and improved water quality for all. This project will ensure that wastewater is treated and discharged in compliance with the Urban Wastewater Treatment Regulations 2001, and conditions as set out in the EPA’s Wastewater Discharge Licence (WWDL). This project will also improve the water quality of nearby coastal areas, protecting bathing areas and the aquatic environment from pollution.

Residents and businesses in the affected areas will be notified ahead of the works commencing and provided with contact details should they have any questions.

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan where over €530 million will be invested in upgrading services in 2016 to improve the country’s water and wastewater infrastructure. The Irish Water Business Plan has earmarked almost €2 billion in improving wastewater quality and capacity up to 2021.


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