By Dan Walsh
The new Water Treatment Plant and Reservoir at Ballyminaun Hill, located south of Gorey, will ensure the communities of Gorey, Riverchapel and Courtown have a more abundant and safer water supply into the future.
Denise Treacy, Irish Water’s Infrastructure Delivery Regional Delivery Lead told WexfordLocal.com this morning; “I am thrilled that we are nearly at completion stage on this project. It is such an important project for the rural community of Gorey and the surrounding areas and will really strengthen the water supply for the residents and businesses.”
The sod was turned on the green field site back in November 2019 and significant work has taken place to bring the project to fruition. The supply now boasts a new 8,000 m3/day Water Treatment Plant, a 7,400m3 Storage Reservoirs and incorporates 13 new and refurbished boreholes into the supply arrangement. In addition to the onsite developments, construction of 2.8km of water mains was also carried out.
Ms Treacy added; “It’s important to reflect on the benefits this project will bring to the communities and businesses in the area. It will increase the quantity of water being supplied to Gorey, Courtown, Riverchapel and the surrounding areas and will support current and future growth. It also provides enhanced storage facilities increasing security of supply and will also ensure enhanced monitoring and control facilities of the Gorey Rural Water Supply Scheme. As we all know from previous issues experienced on the urban scheme, this is a real positive.”
Also speaking about the milestone was Wexford County Council’s Director of Services, Eamonn Hore; “The upgrade of the Gorey Rural Water Supply Scheme provides security of water supply now and into the future in the thriving Gorey Kilmuckridge District. The project benefits domestic and commercial consumers as well as supporting tourism in the sunny Southeast. Wexford County Council warmly welcomes the additional resource of the Ballyminaun treatment plant and storage reservoirs for the area.”
Visitors to the site will notice the swathes of wildflowers dotted across the undulating hills of the site. This forms part of Irish Water’s Biodiversity Action Plan. Biodiversity protection is a key part of Irish Water’s Biodiversity and Sustainability Policies. Irish Water are committed to complying with all relevant environmental legislation, at both European and national levels. Irish Water has developed a number of overarching strategies for conserving, enhancing and working with the natural environment.
Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland.