Irish Water has commenced work on the €18.4 million Donegal Group B project which includes the development of new sewerage schemes in Killybegs, Bundoran, Glencolumbkille and Convoy.

This forms part of the €70 million investment committed by Irish Water to wastewater infrastructure in Co Donegal. Veolia Water Ireland in partnership with BAM Civil Limited are carrying out the works on behalf of Irish Water.

Initially the focus will be on Bundoran and Killybegs, and works have now commenced in both of these locations including upgrading the access road to the Bundoran Waste Water Treatment Plant and work on the new Killybegs Waste Water Treatment Plant site and access road. Work will also be commencing shortly at the main Bundoran Pumping Station and works here are expected to last for 26 weeks. During these works a section of the public car park, and the green area along the foreshore adjacent to the Bradogue River, will be cordoned off to facilitate construction.

Commenting on the investment Eunan Canavan, Irish Water’s Capital Delivery Regional Lead North West said: “Killybegs and Bundoran are two of 44 towns in Ireland where untreated sewage is being discharged directly into the sea. Irish Water will ensure that wastewater treatment in the four towns is compliant with required EU Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive standards while also allowing for future economic growth in the towns.”

Irish Water apologises for any inconvenience this necessary work causes.

Irish Water will spend €532 million on water services in 2016 to improve the country’s waster 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 €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6bn.

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