The residents of Ardfert and surrounding communities will enjoy significant health, environmental and economic benefits as a result of a €3.5 million investment by Irish Water, in partnership with Kerry County Council, in a new wastewater treatment plant. A contract was signed this week with Glan Agua Ltd to carry out significant upgrade work on the Ardfert Wastewater Treatment Plant.

This project will involve the replacement of the existing treatment plant, which was designed to cater for a population equivalent (PE) of 450, with a new plant capable of serving a population of 1,200. This treatment plant will be located on a new greenfield site as the existing site is unsuitable to facilitate the expansion.

On completion, it 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.

The provision of a new treatment plant will bring significant benefits to the town and surrounding areas in terms of health, environmental protection and improved water quality for all. In particular, it will improve water quality in the River Tyshe.

Following the signing of the contract this week, it is anticipated that works will commence in January and are expected to take 18 months to complete. In addition to the construction of the treatment plant itself, the project will include a new 900mm gravity trunk sewer to link the existing foul collection system to the new plant and 400 metres of new storm sewers in Ardfert village. On completion of the project, the existing plant will be decommissioned, removed and the site fully restored.

Joe Kennedy, Irish Water’s Wastewater Lead for the Southern Region, said “The upgrade of the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ardfert represents an investment of €3.5 million by Irish Water in what is a vital piece of infrastructure for Ardfert and the surrounding communities. We are delighted that the residents and businesses in Ardfert will now have a modern wastewater system capable of meeting their current and future needs whilst also protecting and maintaining the water quality in the River Tyshe.”

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan where over €530 million will be invested in upgrading water services in 2016 to improve the country’s water and wastewater infrastructure. 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 €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.

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

For more information about Irish Water's ongoing projects across the country, please visit our Projects and Plans page.

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