Wastewater infrastructure upgrade to improve water quality and support growth in Stamullen

21 June 2022

Irish Water, working in partnership with Meath Country Council, is delighted to announce the signing of a major new construction contract that will result in significant improvements in wastewater infrastructure for Stamullen, Co Meath. The project will provide significant social and economic benefit, facilitating future growth for the village.

This project follows on from works already completed last year with the construction of approximately 2kms of mains and a gravity sewer on the R132 road from Delvin Bridge to Cardy Rock, Balbriggan. These additional works will involve the construction of a new state-of the-art pumping station at the existing Stamullen Wastewater Treatment Plant site. Approximately 4kms of pipeline will be constructed predominantly in public roads to connect to the Balbriggan sewer network at Cardy Rock for onward piping of the wastewater to the Balbriggan Wastewater Treatment Plant. Following the completion of the new pumping station and associated pipeline, the existing Stamullen Wastewater Treatment Plant will be decommissioned.

Commenting on the importance of the project for Stamullen and Co Meath, Dawid Wozniak, Regional Delivery Lead with Irish Water, said: “This project is an important and an essential milestone for Stamullen and Co Meath. The existing wastewater treatment plant in Stamullen has limited spare capacity. The planned improvement works will address this by converting the existing wastewater treatment plant to a pumping station, enabling the pumping of all wastewater to Balbriggan for treatment at the wastewater treatment facility there. This new pumping station and associated pipeline network will provide enough capacity to meet current and future demands of homes and businesses across Stamullen and surrounding areas for decades to come.

Dawid added, “Today, in Ireland and across the world, we can see the impacts of climate change bringing with it long spells of warmer weather leading to greater demand for essential services, alongside the continued need to support housing, businesses, and economic growth. This upgrade will mean that wastewater treatment in Stamullen will to be more resilient to periods of high demand which is why we are building future capacity into our wastewater infrastructure.

Projects such as these are essential to allow Irish Water to continue to support social and economic growth in Meath through the delivery of essential wastewater services. The size and scale of the task to improve our wastewater services and to cater for a modern, growing economy shouldn’t be underestimated. We have made significant progress but there is work still to do as we continue to build and upgrade world-class wastewater infrastructure through our multi-billion programme of investment.

Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support growth in our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.

David Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd have been awarded the construction contract and will deliver the project on behalf of Irish Water. Construction is due to begin later in the year.

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