“We need to keep pushing for the waste water treatment plant” - the words of Mayor Keelan, who was reacting the news that the upgrading of the waste water treatment plant may be put on hold.
“Orignially there were two contracts, one for the development of the new pipelines collection network that will now service 350 to 400 new residences now currently in the Carrick area; and one for the up grading of the water treatment plant itself.
“Both schemes were to run in tandem, with the end goal being the linking up of the new network, which would feed into the new treatment plant.
“The water treatment plant had been at or exceeding its capacity, partly due to large voulmes of waste water coming from Rye Valley Foods.
“They have since set up their own water treatment facility, which means that the old treatment plant is now well under capacity again.
“This now means that the upgrading of the water treatment plant on the Ardee Road is not quite as urgent as before, and has now been pushed down the line somewhat.
“As it stands, the plant has the immediate capacity to deal with the new pipeline network.
“Though as a council I believe that we need to keep pushing for a new plant, as looking down the line at new developments and future investment in the area, it will certainly be needed”
“Letters will be sent in the next month or so, so that these house can be connected to the new pipelines at a considerable discount. It will certainly happen before the end of the year,” concluded Mayor Keelan.
The normal cost of connecting to the network would be a little over €3,000, but with the 50 per cent discount it costs just €1,500 to connect.