31 August 2018 Go back to News
Plans announced for investment in wastewater infrastructure in the towns of Rathmullan, Milford and Ramelton
Project will safeguard the environment and protect public health
Irish Water is currently progressing the detailed design and planning, through our engineering service provider, of wastewater infrastructure for the towns of Rathmullan, Milford and Ramelton in Co. Donegal.
At present the towns of Rathmullan, Milford and Ramelton have no (Ramelton and Rathmullan) or substandard (Milford) wastewater treatment and are discharging untreated or partially treated wastewater into the environment at these three separate locations. The practice of discharging untreated wastewater is unacceptable and Irish Water intends to rectify this problem.
This project will ensure that there is an adequate treatment of wastewater, for now and into the future, as well as protecting human health and safeguarding the environment. It is envisaged that planning, design and construction will take approximately 3 to 4 years and will be undertaken between 2018 and 2021. Third party surveys and landowner engagement have commenced. Once we have sufficient data from our surveys and we have confirmed the optimum solution for the area we will hold a public information event where people can drop in to meet the project team and find out more about the project.
“This project is extremely important, for Rathmullen, Milford and Ramelton. The practice of discharging untreated waste water is unacceptable and we are working to rectify the problem. We understand the concerns of the local community and have given a commitment to meet with all interested parties when all of the necessary information has been prepared. Irish Water has begun engagement with local stakeholders and will continue to keep stakeholders informed as the project progresses” said Colm Boyd, Irish Water.
Planning application will be submitted in 2019
We will engage with the local community over the course of the project’s development through our Local Liaison Officer, local media and elected representatives. It is expected that the planning application will be submitted to the Local Authority in 2019.
Irish Water is Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing water and wastewater services throughout the country. Water is one of the most essential resources on earth. Providing clean drinking water and disposing of wastewater in a way that protects the environment is vital to our daily lives, human health and for economic and social development. However, our water and wastewater network is under severe stress and is not meeting modern standards. Many of our water and wastewater assets are very old, with some dating back to the 19th century.
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