Kerrykeel Sewerage Scheme
Irish Water is working to end the discharge of untreated wastewater into Burnside River, which flows into Mulroy Bay.
Irish Water, in partnership with Donegal County Council, has commenced construction on the new wastewater treatment plant and associated infrastructure for Kerrykeel.
The new wastewater treatment plant will be located at the site of an existing wastewater treatment plant adjacent to St Bridget’s Terrace, while the planned pumping station will be constructed in a greenfield site opposite Fannet Presbyterian Church. The new rising main will be laid through Kerrykeel village to transfer flows from the pumping station to the wastewater treatment plant. These works will be delivered by Veolia on behalf of Irish Water and will be completed by the early 2023.
The Kerrykeel Sewerage Scheme will ensure the treatment of wastewater is fully compliant with EU Urban Wastewater Treatment Directives and Wastewater Discharge Licensing Emission Limit Values and eliminate the discharge of raw sewerage into Burnside River, which flows into Mulroy Bay.
The works carried out as part of this project will:
- Improve water quality and integrity of Burnside River and Mulroy Bay, benefitting fishing, kayaking and other water sports.
- Enhance Kerrykeel’s amenity value due to a cleaner environment, and thus act as a platform for social and economic development.
- Ensure that wastewater will be treated in accordance with EU Urban Wastewater Treatment Directives and Environmental Protection Agency wastewater discharge licensing.
- A new wastewater treatment plant at the site of the existing plant adjacent to St Bridget’s Terrace, which will serve a population equivalent of approximately 500.
- A new pumping station in a greenfield site opposite Fannet Presbyterian Church.
- 300m of pumped main to transfer wastewater from the proposed new pumping station to the proposed new treatment plant.
- A 90m long outfall pipeline to safely discharge treated wastewater to the Burnside River.