19 January 2018 - Westmeath Go back to News
Upgrade to wastewater infrastructure at Loughshinny progressing
Project will protect the environment and improve the bathing water quality
Irish Water has submitted a Compulsory Purchase Order to An Bord Pleanála to acquire the necessary lands at the carpark in Loughshinny to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure in the area. Irish Water is investing €3 million which will protect the environment by stopping the overflow of untreated wastewater into the sea.
The project involves the construction of a new pumping station, rising main and the decommissioning of the existing Loughshinny septic tank. The sewer network flowing into this septic tank will be diverted into the new Loughshinny pumping station. The project is also linked to the new pumping station under construction at Rush Road in Skerries. Once the project at Loughshinny and the new pumping station at Skerries is complete, flows will be diverted to the wastewater treatment plant at Barnageeragh in Skerries. The discharge from the septic tank at Loughshinny will then cease, ensuring compliance with the wastewater discharge licence and improving the quality of the bathing water.
Works due for completion in the first half of 2019
The CPO relates to permanent wayleaves and temporary construction rights for the project. If granted, the CPO will authorise Irish Water to construct, lay, keep, operate, maintain, renew, repair and inspect the proposed infrastructure required. The works at Loughshinny and the new pumping station at Skerries is due to be completed in the first half of 2019.
Commenting on the project John Joyce, Infrastructure Programme Regional Lead, said “This project will benefit residents and visitors to Loughshinny as it will stop the discharge of untreated wastewater from entering the sea. It forms part of Irish Water’s investment to upgrade the wastewater network in Fingal to protect the environment and to meet the current wastewater infrastructure needs and support future development in communities including in Rush, Skerries and Loughshinny. The decommissioning of the old septic tank and the construction of a new pumping station and rising main which will transfer the wastewater from Loughshinny to the wastewater treatment plant at Barnageeragh is of vital importance in protecting and maintaining water quality for the benefit of the local community and the many tourists that visit the area”
Irish Water Business Plan
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 €5.5bn 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 more information on how we are transforming Ireland's water and wastewater infrastructure, view the Irish Water Business Plan.