Project will end the discharge of 2,300 wheelie bins of untreated wastewater into Barrow/Nore/Suir Estuary

Irish Water has submitted a planning application to Wexford County Council to end the daily discharge of 2,300 wheelie bins of untreated wastewater into Barrow, Nore, Suir Estuary.

This project will have a significant impact on the water quality in the estuary including the bathing water which will have massive benefits in terms of social and economic development in the area.

Untreated wastewater

Currently the wastewater entering the public sewer network discharges untreated to the Barrow, Nore, Suir Estuary. The discharges are in close proximity to harbours, amenity waters and designated bathing water beach in Duncannon.

The discharge of untreated wastewater threatens water quality and detracts from the amenity value of the coastal waters around Arthurstown, Ballyhack and Duncannon. Action is required to stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into these receiving waters and get to grips with the size and scale of the problem.

Proposed plan

Irish Water intends to rectify this problem by constructing a new wastewater treatment plant to ensure that the wastewater is treated before being discharged into the estuary.
The proposed scheme will involve the design and construction of the following works and the proposed new sewage treatment plant itself will be located on lands currently within the Dunbrody Estate, accessed from Arthurstown village.

The project will see the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant that will serve existing and future populations, new below ground pumping stations with above ground kiosks, pipelines to transfer sewage from the pumping stations to the sewage treatment plant and a new treated wastewater pipeline to discharge treated wastewater from the new wastewater treatment plant to the existing discharge pipe.


The benefits of this project will include the improvement of water quality, cleaner water will enhance the amenity value in Arthurstown, Ballyhack, and Duncannon and act as a platform for social and economic development, new pipes, pumping station and wastewater treatment plant have all been sized to accommodate an increase in the local population and will facilitate future growth in the area and the compliance with national and EU regulations relating to the treatment of urban wastewater.



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