€15.6m Uisce Eireann project opens at Arthurstown

At the opening of the Arthurstown wastewater treatment plant today were (left to right); Paul Kehoe TD, Minister James Browne, Paul Fallon, Úisce Éireann, Cllr Michael Sheehan, Cathaoirleach New Ross Municipal District Council Minister Darragh O’Brien (who performed the opening ceremony), Cllr George Lawlor, Cathaoirleach Wexford County Council, Senator Malcolm Byrne and Verona Murphy TD. (Pic; Úisce Éireann). 

By Dan Walsh

The new wastewater treatment plant in Arthurstown was officially opened by Minister Darragh O’ Brien, TD, Minister of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and officials from Uisce Éireann and Wexford County Council today.

The €15.6 million investment by Uisce Éireann involved the construction of a new, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant in Arthurstown, three new pumping stations and new sewer pipelines which will also serve the nearby villages of Ballyhack and Duncannon.

Minister O’Brien commended Uisce Éireann and Wexford County Council on the completion of this significant project for the area. “The delivery of this vital project for the communities of Arthurstown, Ballyhack and Duncannon is pivotal to stopping the discharge of raw sewage into the estuary and protecting our natural environment,” stated the Minister.

Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr George Lawlor added: “I am delighted to be here today to witness the opening of the treatment plant and sewage scheme for the three local communities. The new infrastructure will lead to enhanced tourism opportunities for this beautiful part of the sunny South East.” 

“Eliminating the discharge into these important rivers and estuaries has long been a goal of Uisce Éireann and Wexford County Council, and we can now look forward to the benefits of cleaner waterbodies,” concluded Cllr Lawlor.

Paul Fallon, Uisce Éireann, stated; “The size and scale of the challenge to end raw sewage discharges is well documented. At the end of 2022, Uisce Éireann had built new wastewater infrastructure for 21 towns and villages across the county where treatment had never existed before. 

A ceremony to mark the official opening of the new wastewater treatment plant in Arthurstown and completion of the sewerage scheme was led by Minister Darragh O’Brien TD and supported by Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr George Lawlor and Cathaoirleach of New Ross Municipal District, Cllr. Michael Sheehan. Also in attendance was Minister of State for Law Reform, James Browne TD, Senator Malcolm Byrne and local TDs, Deputies Verona Murphy and Paul Kehoe as well as representatives from Uisce Éireann and Wexford County Council, New Ross Municipal District, members of the local business community and pupils from St. Catherine’s National School, Ballyhack. 

The new treatment plant and associated infrastructure will bring significant benefits to the local community in terms of protecting the environment and improving the water quality to the Barrow, Nore, and Suir Estuary. It will also act as an enabler for housing and will support economic growth and development in these areas.

Uisce Éireann is also progressing works to end the discharge of raw sewage in Kilmore Quay with construction of a new sewerage scheme and wastewater treatment infrastructure well underway for the village.

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