Tuesday 17 September 2019

Mullaghmore plant update

Construction of a new wastewater treatment plant in Mullaghmore is at least a year and a half away according to Irish Water.

In a responses to local councillor, Marie Casserly, Irish Water says it has completed a feasibility study report on the Mullaghmore Sewerage Scheme which has identified the needs of the scheme, optimum outline solution and statutory process required.

"Irish water has commenced with the detailed design process which will include, geotechnical site investigations, detailed process design, environmental investigations, land acquisition, planning permission and tendering.

"It is expected that this work will be completed over the next 18 months with construction to commence thereafter," said a spokesperson.

Cllr Casserly says she has been calling for this upgrade for the past few years and she welcomed the detailed, updated report from Irish Water.

It was previously stated that construction of a new waste water treatment plant in Mullaghmore might begin in March 2022.

The scheme is bundled with a number of others in Donegal including, Muff, Bridgend, Burnfoot, Fahan, Ballyliffin, Dunfanaghy/Portnablagh.

When the new plant is built the water quality will improve.

The ongoing problems with sewage treatment in Mullaghamore has been cited in the past as impacting the water quality at its beach.

The beach has lost its Blue Flag status and also suffered a bathing ban at one stage due to water quality issues, the latest in the summer of 2018.

The 2018 EPA Bathing Water Report classified the beach as sufficient in terms of quality.

There has also been issues with cattle coming on to the beach. Census 2016 recorded a population of 136 people living in the village. In 2011 the figure was 128 and in 2006 it was 146.

Mullaghmore has experienced a relatively low level of residential development in recent years due to the absence of adequate wastewater treatment infrastructure.

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