7 July 2017 Go back to News
Planning submitted to progress the upgrade to the Collinstown and Ballymore Wastewater Treatment Plants
Upgrade will protect the environment by improving the operations at the plants
Irish Water has submitted a planning application to Westmeath County Council to progress a project to upgrade the Collinstown and Ballymore wastewater treatment plants. The upgrade will increase the capacity at the plants and ensure the plants are complaint with environmental regulations. The project will benefit the environment as it will improve the treatment of the wastewater at the plants and the investment will reduce the risk of overflows to the nearby Ballymore Stream which flows into the Dungolman River in Ballymore and the Yellow River in Collinstown.
Once the planning application process is completed work is expected to commence in early 2018 and take 10 months to complete.
The proposed upgrade at the Collinstown and Ballymore 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 to 2021, the remaining period of the Irish Water Business Plan, the utility is ramping up investment to spend an average of €326m per year on wastewater infrastructure. The investment in the Ballymore and Collinstown Wastewater Treatment Plants is part of this investment programme.
Commenting on the project Peter Flood, Capital Programmes Lead, East and Midlands Region, said “The proposed upgrade at the Collinstown and Ballymore Wastewater Treatment plant will increase the efficiency of the plant and reduced the risk of overflows at times of heavy rainfall. This investment will benefit the environment as the risk to overflows into the River Yellow and Dungolman River will be reduced.”
Irish Water spent over €530 million on water services in 2016. Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan up to 2021. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6 billion.