By Dan Walsh
Irish Water and Wexford County Council has signed contracts with the Sisk Group to begin works on the new wastewater plant in Arthurstown also serving the areas of Ballyhack and Duncannon providing wastewater treatment for the equivalent of almost 1,875 people.
Chairman of New Ross Municipal District, Cllr Michael Whelan warmly welcomed the news of the contract signing with the Sisk Group stating; “I have been looking forward to this day for a long time and, I would like to thank all concerned with its delivery.”
The project will see Irish Water investing €12.8m resolving an issue that has been problematic for the area for many years.
New Ross District Director for Wexford County Council, Eamonn Hore stated that “the works when completed will bring great benefits to the villages and surrounding areas in terms of environmental improvements, water quality, development, tourism and investment.”
One of Wexford’s most iconic landmarks and tourism attractions is Hook Head and 50,000 visitors flock to this ancient lighthouse each year.
Centre Manager Lorraine Waters said; “Hook lighthouse is delighted to hear its partnering villages at Duncannon, Arthurstown and Ballyhack have had the contracts signed for their new wastewater treatment plant, as all our areas are striving to go green and become more eco-friendly this is indeed good news, especially in a time where we are now hoping to, in the coming years increase our visitor capacity to our beautiful county.”
Séamus Glynn, Irish Water’s Regional Delivery Lead said; “This is such a beautiful part of the country and to think that the equivalent of 1,500 wheelie bins of raw sewage was flowing into the Barrow, Nore, Suir estuary every day is extremely disappointing. The size and scale of the challenge of raw sewage discharging into our water ways is well documented, however, the good news is that Irish Water has a plan to get to grips with this and with this project, we will eliminate that practice in this area and go a long way to not only supporting social and economic development but to protect our marine life in the years to come too.”
Site investigation and clearance work will begin shortly with the main works to follow in the coming months, with the project due to be completed in 2023. The treatment plant will support social and economic development in these areas of Wexford and will also safeguard marine life.