Gweedore Sewerage Scheme

Wastewater Project

Irish Water progressing the innovative Demonstration Project for the Gweedore Sewerage Scheme.

Irish Water, in partnership with Donegal County Council, has reached the halfway point in this innovative Demonstration Project, as part of the Gweedore Sewage Scheme.

Irish Water has completed the installation of 20 pods out of a total of 40 pods in the project.  The collected wastewater in the pods will be treated at the existing Údaras na Gaeltachta wastewater treatment plant. Irish Water have acquired the wastewater treatment plant which is currently undergoing a significant upgrade to ensure compliance with Irish Water standards.

This innovative new sewerage scheme will ultimately lead to a reduction on the reliance of septic tanks in the area. This will reduce untreated wastewater in the environment by having enhanced treatment of wastewater.

In Progress

What is involved?

  1. Wastewater from the house or business flows into the unit shown below.
  2. When the amount of wastewater reaches a certain level, a switch activates a grinder in the pump that softens the wastewater.
  3. The wastewater is then pumped through a small pipe away to the new pipe network.
  4. The wastewater will flow along this pipe network for treatment in the upgraded Údaras Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

What are the benefits of this project?

The new sewage scheme will:

  • Improve the water quality in Gweedore Bay and local rivers and streams for swimmers, surfers and fishermen;
  • Provide better treatment of wastewater to protect the environment;
  • Support future growth in the area; and
  • Ensure compliance with Irish and European regulations.

More information

For further information you can contact the Project Team at