The Gweedore Sewerage Scheme Demonstration Project will commence in the coming weeks with a number of homes in Gweedore having signed up to participate. The new sewerage scheme will ultimately lead to a reduction on the reliance of septic tanks in the area. The works will begin with detailed surveys of the drainage systems where Irish Water will map individual property drains and septic tanks in the area.

Homes involved in the Demonstration Project have been contacted about surveys. Once these surveys are complete, Irish Water will refine the design to enable the utility to be in a position to start works in early 2018.

Following on from feedback gathered at an information day in May, Irish Water is delighted to announce that almost 50 additional homes can also be added to the overall project.

When complete the new sewerage scheme will support residential and economic development in the area, provide a wastewater network that homes and businesses can connect to, protect and improve the water quality in Gweedore Bay and local rivers and streams, provide better treatment of wastewater to protect the environment and ensure Gweedore is in compliance with Irish and European regulations.

Irish Water would like to thank the members of the public who attended the public information day at Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair in May this year. Up to 200 people attended the event which was organised to outline to the public details of the innovative solution being put forward for the Gweedore Sewerage Scheme. Irish Water also briefed local elected representatives at that time and we would like to thank the local Chamber of Commerce who have been supportive of Irish Water’s plans for the area.

The feedback gathered from this information day and other meetings has been analysed by Irish Water and is now being used in developing the project further.

Irish Water is proposing a Pressure Sewer System as the preferred approach. This would include an upgrade of the existing wastewater treatment plant and an Integrated Wetland being constructed downstream of the existing outfall. This will reduce untreated wastewater in the environment by having enhanced treatment of wastewater.

In an area of difficult ground conditions for excavating (such as Gweedore), this approach allows all properties and sites in the area to be connected to the scheme, where they may have previously been constrained by the ground conditions if a traditional sewerage system was used.


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