€3m treatment plant upgrade will stop dumping of 300 wheelie bins of sewage

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A €3m upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant at Ahascragh will stop 300 wheelie bins of raw sewage being dumped into the river every day.

Work has begun this on the upgrade works to the treatment plant, which currently dumps inadequately treated sewage into the Bunowen River.

Coffey Water Limited is carrying out the works on behalf of Irish Water, and they are expected to be completed by Spring 2023.

When completed, the upgraded wastewater treatment plant will be able to properly serve a population of approximately 470 people in the area.

Martina Connaughton, Senior Executive Engineer with the council said that this is a “crucial project” which is being supported by the council’s Capital Team.

“The upgrade works to the wastewater treatment plant will help to preserve the wonderful amenity of the Bunowen River and its hinterland while allowing for the sustainable development of a thriving community in Ahascragh.”

Patrick Greene, Regional Infrastructure Lead with Irish Water, said that the project will involve adding secondary treatment at the existing wastewater treatment plant, along with making improvement to the storm water overflow and main pumping station.

“These works will enhance Ahascragh’s amenity value and provide a platform for social and economic development well into the future.”