€1.7m funding announced for Lixnaw wetland

New waste system to bring an end to noxious smells in village

Dónal Nolan

A wetland area comprised of three ponds to filter sewage is expected to begin construction in Lixnaw as early as May - following the most significant tranche of funding announced for any public scheme in the village in many years.

€1.7 million was announced for the Lixnaw Integrated Wetland last week, a scheme that it is hoped will finally address long-running problems with the existing sewerage network there.

Such is the nature of the project that it is even hoped it will come to prove an attraction and learning amenity for local pupils, Lixnaw native Fine Gael County Councillor Aoife Thornton told The Kerryman.

"It's fantastic news in one of the most substantial announcements for Lixnaw in a very long time. We're delighted that the problems with the local network are now to finally be addressed.

"We've been complaining about bad smells in the centre of the village for some time, which was due to the pressure placed on the system by the surge in housing here during the boom."

Cllr Thornton explained the new wetland will be comprised of three ponds adjacent to the River Brick that will feed the system, before the clean, filtered water is fed back into the Brick.

"It's an incredible scheme. I visited a very similar project in Waterford and you wouldn't have noticed that you were in the midst of such ascheme it was so clean and pleasant," she said. "It also had a window into the river, which I am hoping we can also secure," Cllr Thornton added.