SMILE EVERYTHINGPictured at the official opening of the Belmullet wastewater treatment plant following a € 29million investment by Irish Water, featured, front left to right: Cllr Gerry Coyle, Senator Rose Conway Walsh, Peter Hynes, CEO of Mayo County Council; Minister of Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, TD; Cllr Blackie Gavin Cathaoirleach Mayo County Council; Colm Claffey, Irish Water and Cllr Teresa Whelan. Back row: Cllr Paul McNamara, Iarla Moran, Mayo County Council; TD MP Dara Calleary and Senator Michelle Mulherin.Photo: Michael Donnelly
“A MAJOR step forward” in the development of Belmullet is how the new sewage system was described when it officially opened on Friday.
The development of the sanitation system in the capital Erris had been on the agenda for decades but was delayed by years of setbacks. Speaking at the official opening of the € 9million program, Rural and Community Development Minister Michael Ring, TD, said the project was long overdue – but the city would now reap the benefits of the program.
“Belmullet is a modern and vibrant town in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way, attracting many visitors and deserving of top quality facilities. This investment is long overdue and I am delighted that Irish Water has delivered this huge asset to the region.
“This plant will meet the demands of the current population and ensure the future growth of the region. It’s good to see Irish Water focus on prioritizing projects that will deliver the greatest environmental and economic benefit to the communities we serve, ”he said.
Work on the project began in 2016 after the contract for the system was awarded to Roadbridge and EPS to perform the work on behalf of Irish Water.
The new Corclough treatment plant will have the capacity to treat wastewater from a population of up to 2,500 people.
The project lasted about 18 months, but before the project was completed, raw sewage flowed into Broadhaven and Blacksod Bays. Minister Ring said that the establishment of the program “will solve the unacceptable situation” and “will also improve the water quality of neighboring coastal areas, protecting bathing areas and the aquatic environment from pollution”.
Colm Claffey of Irish Water said at the official opening that the new wastewater treatment plant will ensure that wastewater is treated and discharged in accordance with the 2001 Urban Wastewater Treatment Regulations and the conditions set out in the EPA wastewater discharge license.
The investment of 9 million euros in the new Belmullet wastewater treatment plant was also welcomed by the president of the Erris Chamber of Commerce, Damien Lagan.
“Erris Chamber is delighted with this essential infrastructure. This project has always been high on Erris Chamber’s priority list and I am sure it will have an extremely positive effect on the city for both tourism and local businesses, ”he said. .
The Belmullet project is one of several projects Irish Water is undertaking in Mayo with an additional € 19 million invested in sanitation systems in Killala, Foxford and Charlestown.
The Killala sewage system will prevent untreated sewage from being dumped directly into Killala Bay and the Foxford and Charlestown sewage systems will provide new and improved treatment plants for the towns.
Commenting on the projects, Minister Ring added, “These projects are part of an investment program that Irish Water is deploying in Mayo and across the country to address significant gaps in our water supply and sanitation infrastructure. sanitation.
“Irish Water invested 215 million euros last year to ensure the development and delivery of solutions to support the safe return of wastewater to the environment of nearly 1.1 million homes across Ireland after have traveled 30,000 kilometers of public sewers and treated 1,100 wastewater. processing plants, ”he said.