By Dan Walsh
The rain tumbled down as if making a climate statement at Kilmore Quay this morning where the sod was turned for the new Wastewater Treatment Plant and related infrastructure with Irish Water, working in partnership with Wexford County Council.
The works had already commenced on the new sewerage scheme and wastewater treatment infrastructure for the village, however due to Covid restrictions, the ceremonial aspects of the works were put on hold, until today.
Cllr Jim Moore, Cathaoirleach of the Rosslare Municipal District stated; “I am delighted to see this most welcome infrastructure which will give a huge impetus to the development of Kilmore Quay in terms of environment, industry, community, housing, and tourism. I would like to thank all concerned for their efforts in reaching this important milestone for Kilmore Quay and the surrounding district and region. It comes at an opportune time with the Wexford County Development Plan under consideration as well as the Local Economic Development Plans for the District.”
Irish Water’s Michael Tinsley said; “It is really fantastic to be here in Kilmore Quay this morning. Irish Water is really looking forward to delivering this important project to benefit the local community for the generations to come. This project will improve water quality around the quay and wider harbour area, enhance the amenity value of the coastal waters and ensure compliance with national and EU regulations relating to the treatment of urban wastewater.
“All new infrastructure has been sized to accommodate future population growth and will play an integral part in the development of Kilmore Quay. We look forward to working with the local community to deliver this essential project with our partners in Wexford County Council and Jon Sisk & Sons Ltd. Irish Water has a strong track record of completing projects on time and on budget once we get boots on the ground.
“Indeed, we have good news in this regard not too far away from here. We turned the sod on the Duncannon, Arthurstown and Ballyhack project in June 2021. Later this summer, the Wastewater Treatment Plant located in Arthurstown will begin operation, with the overall project being on course to be fully completed by the end of 2022, ahead of schedule.
Will Merriman, Managing Director, Ireland Civils, Sisk added; “Sisk is delighted to be selected for this vital new wastewater treatment project, that will significantly improve water quality in Kilmore Quay. Sisk is also in the process of completing a similar wastewater treatment project at Arthurstown. We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with Irish Water and Wexford County Council, creating a positive legacy for all stakeholders and the local community of Kilmore Quay.”
The proposed scheme will involve the design and construction of the following works, a new wastewater treatment plant that will serve existing and future populations. New below ground pumping stations with above ground kiosks along with pipelines to transfer sewage from the pumping stations to the wastewater treatment plant. A new treated wastewater pipeline to discharge treated wastewater from the new wastewater treatment plant to the existing discharge pipe. Testing and commissioning of the works once complete.