Burtonport Sewerage Scheme

Wastewater Project

Irish Water is working to end the discharge of untreated wastewater into Rutland Sound.

Irish Water has submitted a planning application as part of the Burtonport Sewerage Scheme. The proposed new sewerage scheme will end the discharge of approximately 160 wheelie bins of untreated sewage into Rutland Sound per day.


Currently the wastewater entering the public sewer network discharges untreated to Rutland Sound. The discharge of untreated wastewater threatens water quality and detracts from the amenity value of the Rutland Sound. Action is required to stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into Rutland Sound.

  • On 26 September Irish Water submitted a planning application to Donegal County Council. Subject to statutory approvals Irish Water expects to commence construction in 2020.
  • The works will take approximately 14 months to complete.


  • Better health and integrity of the environment
  • Improved water quality in the receiving waters
  • Enhanced local amenities and a platform for social and economic development
  • New infrastructure sized to accommodate future population growth

What is involved?

  • Provision of a new sewer to connect the existing sewer network to a new wastewater pumping station.
  • Construction of a new wastewater pumping station and 230m of new rising main to transport untreated wastewater to a new wastewater treatment plant.
  • Construction of a new wastewater treatment plant which will serve a population equivalent of approximately 300.
  • Connection to the existing outfall pipe to safely discharge treated wastewater to Rutland Sound.

More information

For further information you can contact the Project Team at DonegalUWW@water.ie.