Irish Water investing €16 million in upgrading the Grange, Strandhill, Tubbercurry and Ballinafad Wastewater Treatment Plants

Irish Water and Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Cllr Seamus Kilgannon, today officially turned the sod for the upgrade works to four wastewater treatment plants in Co. Sligo.

Working in partnership with Sligo County Council, Irish Water is investing €16 million in upgrading the Grange, Strandhill, Tubbercurry and Ballinafad Wastewater Treatment Plants which will replace the existing ageing infrastructure and will provide new and efficient treatment systems in order to meet the current and future needs of the communities.

Project will ensure environmental protection and improved water quality

This necessary project will ensure environmental protection, improved water quality and underpin the developmental potential of the four towns.

Work on this essential project has commenced on site and it is expected that the project will be completed by the end of 2019. Once fully commissioned the newly upgraded plants will have the capacity to serve a combined future population equivalent of 8,300. Coffey Northumbrian Limited is carrying out the works on behalf of Irish Water.

Today is a red letter day for these four communities who will benefit greatly from this €16 million investment by Irish Water.

Cllr Seamus Kilgannon, Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council

Works will increase capacity of each plant to meet current needs of the towns

Commenting on this investment Colm Claffey, Infrastructure Programme Regional Lead, said “These upgrade works will increase the treatment capacity of each of the plants to meet the current needs of the towns and to allow for future growth. The works will also ensure that wastewater is treated and discharged in compliance with the Urban Wastewater Treatment Regulations and with the conditions of the Wastewater Discharge Licence (WWDL) issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It will also improve the water quality of nearby coastal areas, protecting bathing areas and the aquatic environment from pollution.”

Mr Claffey added “The project team will ensure that the local communities are notified of the works at each location and are provided with contact details should they have any questions.”

A red letter day for four communities

Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Cllr Seamus Kilgannon, added “Today is a red letter day for these four communities who will benefit greatly from this €16 million investment by Irish Water. I am delighted to be turning the sod for these much needed upgrade works and look forward to coming back to officially opening the four plants once they are fully commissioned.”

Chief Executive of Sligo County Council, Ciarán Hayes, added “Sligo County Council is delighted to be working in partnership with Irish Water on this essential project which will provide modern infrastructure to ensure that wastewater is treated into the future thus ensuring the quality of our aquatic environment. These works will bring economic and developmental benefits to the four areas which are to be welcomed.”

Transforming Ireland's water and Wastewater infrastructure

Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan up to 2021. 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 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6bn.

For information on all our projects across the country, visit our Projects and Plans section.

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