By Dan Walsh
Twenty-one additional wastewater treatment plants have been selected for upgrade as part of the Small Towns and Villages Growth Programme, including two in Co. Wexford.
In Wexford, two settlements are set to benefit from the programme. In Wellingtonbridge, an upgrade of Wastewater capacity to provide for growth will be catered for and in Grahormac, Tagoat, an upgrade for the Wastewater Treatment Plant will provide additional capacity for growth.
Irish Water’s Regional Operations Manager, Jim Fitzgerald, said; “The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien recently announced the Housing for All plan, and this is one of Irish Water’s key initiatives in supporting the delivery of this plan. Irish Water can confirm that the green light has been given for projects which will improve wastewater treatment capacity in Wellingtonbridge and Grahormac, Tagoat. This will unlock growth and development in this area by ensuring the treatment infrastructure is in place to meet the needs of the area.”
Irish Water has announced these projects now to enable Local Authorities to make plans on housing and development into the short and medium term supporting their regional and local development plans.
The announcement today was made possible after Irish Water’s planning team finalised their reviews of all submissions with a focus on the right sized projects for the right town or village at the right cost. The project will now continue through the next stages including design, detailed planning, procurement and approvals.
Further updates on the budget and timelines for delivery will be provided in due course. Looking forward, Irish Water anticipates that this programme will continue in the next capital investment programme delivering further upgrades to cater for growth.
Irish Water is responsible for public water and wastewater infrastructure and is committed to providing a safe and reliable water supply, Irish Water is investing €5.2 billion in the period from 2020-2024 in drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure.