15 March 2021 Go back to News
Sewage treatment works get the green light in Wexford
The communities of Duncannon, Arthurstown and Ballyhack received some long-awaited good news today as Irish Water along with Wexford County Council announced that the contracts have been signed with the Sisk Group to begin works on the new wastewater treatment plant which will be located in Arthurstown.
The treatment plant will also serve the areas of Ballyhack and Duncannon providing wastewater treatment for the equivalent of almost 1875 people. Additional site investigation and clearance work will begin shortly with the main works to follow in the coming months, with the project due to be completed in 2023. The treatment plant will support social and economic development in these areas of county Wexford and will also safeguard marine life.
Séamus Glynn is Irish Water's Regional Delivery Lead; he is pleased the contracts are now signed; “We are delighted that the contracts are now signed, and that works can commence very soon. This is such a beautiful part of the country and to think that the equivalent of 1,500 wheelie bins of raw sewage was flowing into the Barrow, Nore, Suir estuary every day is extremely disappointing. The size and scale of the challenge of raw sewage discharging into our water ways is well documented, however, the good news is that Irish Water has a plan to get to grips with this and with this project, we will eliminate that practice in this area and go a long way to not only supporting social and economic development but to protect our marine life in the years to come too.”
The project will see Irish Water investing €12.8m, resolving an issue that has been problematic for the area for many years.
New Ross District Director for Wexford County Council, Eamonn Hore stated that; "the works, when completed will bring great benefits to the villages and surrounding areas in terms of environmental improvements, water quality, development, tourism and investment.”
One of Wexford’s most iconic landmarks and tourism attractions is Hook Head Lighthouse. 50,000 visitors flock to this ancient lighthouse each year and the centre’s manager; Lorraine Waters understands the importance of good infrastructure to ensure the sector can thrive and grow; “Hook lighthouse is delighted to hear its partnering villages Duncannon, Arthurstown and Ballyhack have had the contracts signed for their new wastewater treatment plant, as all our areas are striving to go green and become more eco-friendly this is indeed good news, especially in a time where we are now hoping to, in the coming years increase our visitor capacity to our beautiful county.”
Chairman of New Ross Municipal District, Councillor Michael Whelan warmly welcomed the news of the contract signing with Sisk Group stating; "I have been looking forward to this day for a long time and, I would like to thank all concerned with its delivery."
Since 2014, Irish Water has built new wastewater infrastructure for 16 towns and villages across the country, ending the discharge of raw sewage into our rivers, lakes and seas; the equivalent of 100,000 people’s worth, every day.
Across the bay in Dunmore East and all along the Waterford coastline, the practice of discharging raw sewage into the waterways has been eliminated since 2017. The investment of €24 million there delivered seven new wastewater treatment plants in towns and villages across Co. Waterford including Ardmore, Ballyduff/Kilmeadan, Cappoquin, Dunmore East, Kilmacthomas, Stradbally and Tallow.
Half of the raw sewage entering waterways in Ireland has now been eliminated and there is a plan to remove the remainder in the years to come.