Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and wastewater services throughout Ireland, in partnership with Carlow County Council, will invest over €7 million to upgrade the water and wastewater infrastructure in Carlow.
 
Approximately €2.5 million will be invested in building two new wastewater treatment plants to serve Hacketstown and Rathvilly. The new treatment facilities will provide an improved treated water quality and ensure continued protection of the local Freshwater Pearl Mussel catchment area. The investment will also ensure each plant has the capacity to meet future demand as a result of increased residential or commercial development.

A further €5 million approximately will be invested in the replacement of water mains which will deliver significant improvements for customers in terms of water quality and supply. Over 17km of water mains will be replaced benefitting customers in Carlow Town, Tullow, Tinnahinch, Bagnelstown and Borris.

New Wastewater Treatment Plant at Hacketstown
The existing plant at Hacketstown will be replaced with a modern treatment facility equipped to provide a high level of primary, secondary and tertiary treatment. This will ensure the final wastewater discharged to the River Derreen is treated to a high standard to comply with the current EPA Wastewater Discharge Licence. The plant capacity will increase from an existing population equivalent (P.E.) of 600 to the final population equivalent (P.E.) of 2000. Work is expected to be completed on the new plant in June 2015 and will represent an investment of €1.3 million.

New Wastewater Treatment Plant at Rathvilly
The existing plant at Rathvilly will also be replaced with a modern treatment facility equipped to provide a high level of primary, secondary and tertiary treatment. This will ensure the final wastewater discharged to the adjacent River Slaney is treated to a high standard to comply with the current EPA Wastewater Discharge License. The plant capacity will also increase from an existing population equivalent (P.E.) of 600 to the final population equivalent (P.E.) of 2000. Work is expected to be completed on the new plant in June 2015 and will represent a total investment of €1.19 million.
 
Improved Quality and Supply of Drinking Water with Replacement of Over 17km of Water mains
Approximately €4.5 million will be invested in replacing 15.4km of water mains in Carlow Town, Tullow, Tinnahinch and Bagenalstown. Design works are currently under way with works expected to commence on site in 2016. It is estimated that the proposed rehabilitation works will save approximately 1,017m3 of treated drinking water per day as a result of the upgraded water mains and reduction in leakage. The project will also involve the replacement of 713 shared backyard services with individual front-of-property service connections.

A further €0.5 million is also being invested to replace 2.5km of old cast iron water mains within Borris town. Site investigation works are due to commence in early June 2015. Once completed this project will deliver significant benefits in terms of improved water quality and a reduction in leakage and supply disruptions for customers.

Aisling Buckley, Regional Information Officer, Southern Region, Irish Water said; “Irish Water took over responsibility for public wastewater services in January 2014 and our priority has been to invest in addressing the serious deficiencies that exist across the network. Projects such as these in Carlow are essential to ensure our customers have a safe and secure drinking water supply and that wastewater discharged into our rivers and waterways is treated to a high standard, protecting our local freshwaters and coastal areas. I am delighted that communities across Carlow will benefit significantly from these improvements to the network.”

Irish Water invested €340m in improving water and wastewater 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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