Kilcar Sewerage Scheme

Wastewater Project

We will publish a Compulsory Purchase Order for lands required for the Kilcar Sewerage Scheme

The proposed project will end the discharge of over 1500 wheelie bins of untreated sewage into Tawny Bay per day

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

What are the next steps?

Consultations have been on-going with all landowners identified on the proposed scheme. Irish Water was unable to acquire all of the required wayleaves and lands on a voluntary basis. Given the importance of the project to the waste water infrastructure, Irish Water will now endeavour to acquire the wayleaves and lands by way of Compulsory Purchase Order pursuant to the provisions of the Water Services Act, 2007 (as amended). Irish Water will now be submitting the Compulsory Purchase Order to An Bord Pleanála.

In addition to the land acquisition process Irish Water will be seeking planning permission for the Kilcar Sewerage Scheme from Donegal County Council. The timeline for the commencement of works is subject to the Planning and CPO statutory approvals.



  • 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


  • Upgrade of existing pumping station to transfer flows to new wastewater treatment plant
  • A new wastewater treatment plant which will serve a population equivalent of approximately 1800
  • Connection to the existing outfall pipe to safely discharge treated wastewater to Tawny Bay

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