3 October 2019 Go back to News
New wastewater treatment plant and sewer network upgrade for Castlemaine
Wastewater will be treated to a significantly higher standard
Irish Water working in partnership with Kerry County Council is building a new wastewater treatment plant in Castlemaine and upgrading the sewer network to replace the existing system which is no longer suitable to meet the needs of the area.
The new wastewater treatment plant and network will treat wastewater to a significantly higher standard which is crucial in order to ensure that Castlemaine complies with the requirements of both the Urban Waste Water Treatment Regulations and the EPA wastewater discharge authorisation illustrating Irish Water’s commitment to safeguarding our water for our future. It will also allow for future growth.
Speaking about the project, Irish Water Regional Lead, Anthony Kavanagh said, “This is a hugely important investment for the Castlemaine community and illustrates Irish Water’s commitment to tackling the size and scale of the wastewater challenges around the country by upgrading wastewater facilities in both urban and rural locations.
The most important aspect of this project however is that it will ensure that the River Maine is protected and that Castlemaine complies with the requirements of both the Urban Wastewater Treatment Regulations and the EPA wastewater discharge authorisation. This upgrade will also allow for additional capacity and growth in the area assisting future social and economic development” Glan Agua will deliver this project for Irish Water and will see them build a new wastewater treatment plant at Castlemaine that will serve a population of 750 people.
The plant can be further expanded at a later date if required. In addition to the plant itself, the project will see the development of a new pumping station with storm water storage, the replacement of over 600m of sewer pipe, construction of a new inlet pumping station and storm water storage at the outfall to the River Maine.
It will also require installation of pumping and a refurbished header manhole at the outfall to the River Maine. Irish Water would like to thank the community and businesses for their continued patience and cooperation during this project and ensure business owners that the utility will work continuously with them to endeavour to maintain effective traffic management during working hours.