Investment will benefit the environment by improving treatment processes

Irish Water and Wicklow County Council are working in partnership to upgrade the Newcastle Wastewater Treatment Plant. The €350,000 investment will benefit the environment by ensuring the plant is fully compliant with the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations. Construction is due to begin in the coming weeks and will take five months to complete.

The planned project includes the construction of new inlet screens, a new storm water tank, flow monitoring and sampling upgrades, new dosing systems, other process upgrades, a new control building and welfare facilities, upgrades to existing monitoring equipment and health and safety improvements.

The proposed upgrade at the Newcastle Wastewater Treatment Plant will ensure that Irish Water is fully compliant with the EU Urban Wastewater Directives. Investing in Ireland’s wastewater infrastructure is a key priority for Irish Water. Between 2014 and 2015, Irish Water invested €166m in Ireland’s wastewater infrastructure, an increase of 22% from 2011 to 2013. From 2016 – 2021, the remaining period of the Irish Water Business Plan, we are ramping up investment to spend an average of €326m per year on wastewater infrastructure. The investment in the Kentstown Wastewater Treatment Plant is part of this investment programme.

Commenting on the project Ivan Corcoran, Capital Programmes Lead, East and Midlands Region, said “The proposed upgrade at the Newcastle Wastewater Treatment plant will increase the efficiency of the plant and reduce the risk of overflows at times of heavy rainfall. This investment will benefit the environment as the risk to overflows into the Newcastle Stream will be reduced.”

Irish Water collects wastewater from over 1,000 separate communities connected to the wastewater network and treats around 1,600 million litres of wastewater daily before discharging it back into our rivers, harbours and coastal areas. By 2021, as outlined in the Irish Water Business Plan, we plan to have all discharges to our rivers and seas treated before being released. Our programme of work will include, not only improving capacity to ensure Irish Water can facilitate the growth of the new homes and industry but also protecting our coasts, which has a huge impact on tourism and local businesses.


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