According to a statement released by Irish Water, they will be commencing work next Monday on a project to upgrade the Tinure Wastewater Treatment Plant in County Louth.
The €260,000 investment includes the construction of a new storm water holding tank and pumping station and the installation of new inlet screening at the wastewater treatment plant.
These works will ensure that there is more efficient treatment at the plant. The new storm water tank will increase the capacity at the plant and reduce the risk of overflows at times of storms and heavy rainfall. This will benefit the environment as the investment will reduce the risk of overflows to the White River.
The contract was awarded to EMR and work is expected to be completed in summer 2018.
Commenting on the project Peter Flood, Capital Programmes Lead, East and Midlands Region said: “Our investment in the Tinure Wastewater Treatment plant will increase the efficiency of the plant and reduced the risk of overflows at times of heavy rainfall.
This investment will benefit the environment as the risk to overflows into the White River will be reduced. Irish Water is committed to investing in Ireland’s wastewater infrastructure to protect the environment by improving the quality of the treated discharge water from our wastewater treatment plants.”
According to Irish Water, it collects wastewater from over 1,000 separate communities connected to the wastewater network and treats around 1,600 million litres of wastewater daily before discharging it back into our rivers, harbours and coastal areas. By 2021, as outlined in the Irish Water Business Plan, we plan to have all discharges to our rivers and seas treated before being released.
"Our programme of work will include, not only improving capacity to ensure Irish Water can facilitate the growth of the new homes and industry but also protecting our coasts, which has a huge impact on tourism and local businesses."