Project will have major benefits for local environment while also providing scope and flexibility for future development

Irish Water is progressing plans to develop a new sewerage scheme for the village of Kilcummin, Co Kerry which will have major benefits for the local environment whilst also facilitating future development in the area.

This represents an investment of €3 million for the village, involving the construction of a new pumping station and all the additional infrastructure needed to connect Kilcummin to the Killarney Wastewater network at Derreen.

Kilcummin is located in an area of great natural beauty, close to the River Deenagh which flows into Lough Leane and forms part of the Killarney National Park. This project will ensure that the local environment is protected by improving the quality of groundwater and facilitating an improvement in the quality of water in the River Deenagh and Lough Leane. It will also allow for future residential and commercial development within the area.

A planning application for the project is being lodged with Kerry County Council to facilitate a range of work including the construction of a new pumping station, a below ground peak flow holding tank and an access road to the pumping station from the back of the Páirc Chuimín estate. The application also relates to the construction of a gravity sewer crossing of the River Deenagh within Killarney National Park. A Natura Impact Statement (NIS) to facilitate an assessment of potential impacts on the Killarney National Park, Macgillycuddy's Reeks and Caragh River Catchment Special Area of Conservation will be included in the planning submission.

Joe Kennedy, Irish Water’s Wastewater Lead for the Southern Region, said “This is a very significant project for Kilcummin, in providing a very critical wastewater infrastructure in this rural area close to the town of Killarney. This will help protect the environment and improve water quality in this very scenic area while also providing the scope and flexibility to facilitate future development within the catchment area.”

Irish Water took over responsibility for water and wastewater services in 2014. The utility collects wastewater from over 1,000 separate communities connected to the wastewater network and treats around 1,600 million litres of wastewater daily before discharging it back into our rivers, harbours and coastal areas. By 2021, as outlined in the Irish Water Business Plan, we plan to have all discharges to our rivers and seas treated before being released. From 2017 – 2021, the remaining period of the Business Plan, the utility is ramping up investment to spend an average of €326m per year on wastewater infrastructure.

The planning application may be inspected at the offices of Kerry County Council and accessed online at www.kerrycoco.ie .

Kerry

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