Enniscorthy set to grow in wake of €16m waste water project
Enniscorthy is set for major growth in the wake of Irish Water's €16.3 million project to upgrade the wastewater treatment facilities in the town, which officially got under way last Friday.
Chairman of Wexford County Council Cllr Paddy Kavanagh said the investment by Irish Water in Wexford is very welcome and will be beneficial, not only for the people and businesses of Enniscorthy, but for all who use the River Slaney for swimming, fishing and other commercial and recreational activities.
'It means the town can continue to grow and develop while protecting our waterways and natural environment,' he said.
Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney, who was in Enniscorthy to turn the sod on the project last Friday, said the will will lead to a big improvement in the quality of water in the River Slaney by ensuring that all wastewater is fully treated before being discharged into the river and will also provide the capacity for future residential and commercial growth in the town.
Enniscorthy is one of the larger towns around Ireland where there is inadequate treatment of wastewater being discharged into waterways. This project will address these deficiencies and ensure that wastewater is fully treated and is compliant with all licence requirements and environmental regulations before being discharged into the River Slaney.
The work will involve the upgrade and expansion of the existing Enniscorthy wastewater treatment plant and the decommissioning of the existing Kilagoley wastewater treatment plant along with extensive upgrade work to three pumping stations, construction of a new foul sewer and sewer rehabilitation works.
The project, which is being delivered in partnership with Wexford County Council, will be carried out by the Ward & Burke Group. It is planned to be delivered over a two-year period.
Michael Tinsley, Infrastructure Portfolio Delivery Manager with Irish Water, said the project will result in a large increase in the wastewater treatment capacity in Enniscorthy.
'By replacing the existing treatment plant, which is operating above capacity, it will also provide the scope needed to facilitate ongoing development in the town into the future,' he said.
Work is due to get underway over the coming weeks and, in addition to the upgrade of the treatment plant, will include extensive mechanical and electrical upgrade work to three pumping stations located at the Promenade, St John's and Spring Valley, including the provision of flood measures at the Promenade pumping station.
It will also include construction of a new foul sewer along Esmonde Road to divert flows from Killagoley to the Spring Valley pumping station and sewer rehabilitation work on Spring Valley Road.
The project team will engage with the local community in advance of planned works in their areas and contact details will be provided should they have any queries. The team will also work closely with An Garda Síochána and Wexford County Council Roads Department to manage traffic.