What are the benefits of this project?

  • Improved water quality in the receiving waters of the Shannon Estuary in compliance with national and EU regulations relating to the treatment of wastewater
  • Enhanced environmental amenity of Kilrush
  • Protection of recreational swimming, fishing, kayaking and sightseeing waters
  • Provision for social and economic development and future growth within the Kilrush area

 

What is involved as part of this project?

  1. Construction of a new wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) that will serve a population equivalent of 8,500, which equates to stopping over 6000 wheelie bins of raw sewage being discharged to the Lower Shannon estuary per day.
  2. Upgrade of the existing Frances Street pumping station including pumps, mechanical plant and a storm water storage tank.
  3. Sewer pipelines to bring untreated wastewater to the WWTP and treated water to the existing outfall tidal tank at Skagh Point.
  4. The existing outfall pipe will safely discharge the treated wastewater to the lower Shannon estuary.

Site Selection and Next Steps

  • Two potential sites were identified for the proposed new Wastewater Treatment Plant. The sites were evaluated by comparing proximity to dwellings, zoning, accessibility, proximity to environmentally, culturally or historically sensitive areas, flood risk and cost.
  • Following a detailed appraisal of the options, the construction of a WwTP at Skagh Point was found to be the most technically advantageous and environmentally beneficial solution while also delivering the best value for money for the project. 
  • A planning application for the scheme is expected to be lodged in autumn 2018. 
  • On receipt of planning consent it is anticipated that construction will begin in 2019 and be completed by summer 2021. Together with the appointed contractor, we will maintain contact with the community in Kilrush in advance of and throughout the works. 
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