New beginnings in Kilcummin as works on new sewerage scheme kicks off

03 August 2022

Irish Water, working in partnership with Kerry County Council, has today commenced works to provide a new sewer collection system for Kilcummin village. This project will reduce the reliance on on-site treatment systems such as septic tanks and package treatment plants. Once complete, the scheme will provide a new sewer collection system for Kilcummin village, that will ensure wastewater from the village is treated appropriately. 

Once operational, the new sewerage scheme will connect into the sewer network in Killarney town, where it will be collected and transferred to Killarney wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) for appropriate treatment.

Speaking about the works, David Shalloo, Wastewater Regional Delivery Lead with Irish Water, said,

Today signals a new beginning for the people of Kilcummin and delivering this project for the community is an immense source of pride for Irish Water and Kerry County Council. All new infrastructure has been sized to accommodate future population growth and the project will enhance the local environment and provide a platform for social and economic development well into the future”.

The scheme will ensure compliance with wastewater discharge regulations. It will also improve water quality in the River Deenagh and Lough Leane and protect recreational waters for swimming, fishing, boating and sightseeing, as well as protecting the integrity of the local environment. The new wastewater infrastructure will enhance local amenities and provide a platform for social and economic development.

The new sewerage infrastructure to be constructed as part of this scheme will include a sewer network for Kilcummin village, a pumping station, and approximately 6 kms of sewers. The scheme will reduce the reliance on on-site systems such as septic tanks and package treatment plants.

Works on the project are expected to commence late in 2022, with the entirety of the project due for completion in 2024. Coffey Construction was appointed to deliver the works on behalf of Irish Water.

Irish Water and Kerry County Council will continue to update the local community in Kilcummin as we progress our work on this project.

For more information on this project please see: https://www.water.ie/projects/local-projects/kilcummin-sewerage-scheme/

Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.