Saturday 20 July 2019

Millions in investment needed in water treatment plants for New Ross and area

David Looby

Irish Water officials have been appraised of water treatment plants which need investment across the New Ross district.

Speaking at the New Ross municipal district meeting, Senior Executive Engineer Daniel McCartan said he explained the need to fast-track work on certain stations during the recent visit, including at Taylorstown where improvement works are required at the plant, including upgrading its disinfection and pH provision, replacing raw water and back wash pumps, structural improvements and the automation of the plant, costing around €1m.

He said there have been issues in New Ross, where water rehabilitation work is proposed in Charlton Hill and Ard na Greine. This includes the installation of new watermain service connections. He said: 'We are looking for a big investment in New Ross.'

Cllr Larry O'Brien sought an update on Kilmannock, where there are drainage issues. 'An initial inspection of the sea defences for the Kilmannock Arterial drainage Scheme has been completed,' Mr McCartan said, adding that the immediate proposal involves repairing damage to existing sea defences. The work on 500m is adjacent to and east of Great Island Power Station.

Cllr O'Brien said: 'I have people getting on to me about it. Over the last four weeks it has been absolutely dry.'

'Work is needed to be carried out on the coastal defences,' Mr McCartan said, adding that the work will be carried out in the spring. 'People weren't happy with the amount of work that was done. I have located with GPS every point where there is a failure so I will be looking for some of them to be repaired.'

Cllr O'Brien said 2,000 acres could be lost near Dunbrody Abbey if the works are not completed, if the area floods.

'This is the worst time to do stuff. The sun is low, the ground is dry. The spring time is the time to do it,' Mr McCartan said.

New Ross Standard