Plant will end the discharge of raw sewage into Carlingford Lough

Irish Water has submitted a planning application to Louth County Council for the construction of a new Wastewater Treatment Plant at Omeath. The new plant will serve a population equivalent of 1,000 to accommodate an increase in the local population and facilitate future growth in the area.

At present, the equivalent of 800 wheelie bins of raw sewage is discharged into Carlingford Lough every day. Once operational, the plant will enhance the area’s amenity value by ending this practice. If granted, the new plant will end the discharge of untreated wastewater to Carlingford Lough by ensuring all wastewater receives appropriate treatment. This unacceptable practice is unsustainable and threatens water quality as well as the amenity value of the coastal waters at Carlingford Lough.

Supporting economic and social development in the area

Speaking about the project, John Joyce of Irish Water said “Irish Water is committed to ending the practice of discharging untreated wastewater into Ireland’s rivers, lakes and seas. The equivalent of 800 wheelie bins of sewage is discharged into Carlingford Lough every day. The proposed Wastewater Treatment Plant in Omeath will end this practice. The proposed plant, when completed, will also support economic and social development in the area, and improve water quality at Carlingford Lough. We’d like to thank the local community for their engagement with this project at our information evening in December. Irish Water is committed to keeping the community up to date as this project progresses.”

Works to commence in 2019 

Subject to planning permission being granted, works on this necessary project will commence in 2019 with a completion date expected in 2021. This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan. 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.

Investment in our water and wastewater services

To find out about all our water and wastewater projects across the country, visit our Projects and Plans section.


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