9 May 2017 Go back to News
Planning application to be submitted for new Kilmacrenan Wastewater Treatment Plant
New plant will provide for sustainable economic and population development for next 25 years
Irish Water will be submitting a planning application to Donegal County Council in the coming weeks for upgrade works at Kilmacrenan Wastewater Treatment Plant. If granted, the project will involve the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant which will allow the existing plant, which is operating above its capacity, to be decommissioned.
The new plant will double the current capacity and allow for sustainable economic and population development over the next 25 years. One of the other major benefits of the new plant is that it will ensure that treated effluent complies with the emission limit values outlined in the wastewater discharge license issued by the EPA.
This project is part of the County Donegal Towns & Villages Sewerage Schemes and represents significant investment by Irish Water. It follows on from other sewerage projects already in progress in County Donegal including Ballybofey/Stranorlar Sewage Scheme, Glenties/Dungloe Wastewater Treatment Plants and the Donegal Group B Sewerage Scheme which includes new wastewater treatment plants at Killybegs, Bundoran, Glencolmcille and Convoy. These projects represent a combined €30.8 million investment by Irish water in the upgrade of wastewater infrastructure in Donegal.
The proposed works at Kilmacrenan will also involve the construction of a new outfall to the Lurgy River, a new boundary fence and upgrade works to the existing entrance road. The project will also involve raising the site to prevent flooding from the adjacent Lurgy River. During construction the old entrance to the Church of St Finian and St Mark's car park will be re-opened on a temporary basis for site access.
Irish Water will submit a planning permission application to Donegal County Council in the coming weeks in order to deliver these necessary upgrade works. If the application is approved the contract for the construction of the Kilmacrenan Wastewater Treatment Plant will go to tender in the third quarter of 2018.