Sunday 20 January 2019

Sewerage scheme plan shown

Cllr Martin Murphy, Andrew Millar, Emer Colwell, Karen McKenna, Richard O’Headhra, James Whelan, Claire Coleman, Michael Tinsley and Mark Murray
Cllr Martin Murphy, Andrew Millar, Emer Colwell, Karen McKenna, Richard O’Headhra, James Whelan, Claire Coleman, Michael Tinsley and Mark Murray

David Looby

A large crowd dropped in to see Irish Water's plans for a new sewerage scheme for the Arthurstown, Ballyhack and Duncannon areas, recently.

Irish Water, working in partnership with Wexford County Council, is working to end the discharge of untreated wastewater to the Barrow Nore Suir Estuary and plans to open the treatment plant in 2021. The national water utility is proposing to build a new wastewater treatment plant and associated network infrastructure to stop the discharge of the equivalent of 1,500 wheelie bins of untreated wastewater from the public sewer network in Arthurstown, Ballyhack and Duncannon. The discharges are in close proximity to harbours, amenity waters and a beach in Duncannon.

A drop-in information event took place in Duncannon Community Centre. The event was very well attended and gave local people an opportunity to learn more about the project and discuss the plans with the project team ahead of the finalisation of the planning application.

Mark Murray, Irish Water's Infrastructure Regional Lead, said: 'The provision of wastewater treatment for Arthurstown, Ballyhack and Duncannon will mean improved water quality for bathing, enhancement of the area's amenity value and will act as a platform for social and economic development.

'The project will also help ensure that the water quality standards set out in relevant legislation will be achieved.'

Mr Murray said both he and his team were delighted to have the opportunity to discuss the project with members of the local community at the information evening, adding that great interest was taken in the project and when it will start.

'The overall response to the project was positive and we received valuable feedback which will help us as we move forward with the design so that it can deliver effectively on these key objectives, while minimising any disruption to the public.'

It is being proposed to build a new wastewater treatment plant on lands within the Dunbrody Estate, accessed from Arthurstown village. Below ground pumping stations are also being proposed for close to the harbours in Ballyhack, Arthurstown and Duncannon, with connecting pipelines from these pumping stations to the treatment plant.

Irish Water aims to submit its planning application to Wexford County Council this year and, subject to the statutory approvals, works on this necessary project could commence in 2019, Mr Murray said.

A dedicated email address has been set up for householders, businesses and other stakeholders and information is also available from Irish Water's 24/7 customer care line at 1850 278 278.

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