Irish Water officially opens new Wastewater Treatment Plants in Rathvilly and Hacketstown

29th September, 2017

€2.8m investment will support economic growth and help protect local waterways

Irish Water and Carlow County Council today officially opened new Wastewater Treatment Plants in Rathvilly and Hacketstown, projects which represent an overall investment of €2.8 million in wastewater treatment in Co Carlow.

Deputy Pat Deering, TD for Carlow-Kilkenny and Cllr William Paton, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council performed the official opening at the new Rathvilly treatment plant.

The new wastewater treatment plants in Rathvilly and Hacketstown will bring many benefits to the communities, including protection of the local waterways by ensuring that the wastewater is treated effectively before being returned to the environment. The development of these two treatment plants will also facilitate social and economic growth by providing the treatment capacity for the current and future populations of the area.

The new treatment plants replace facilities which dated from 1954 and were not capable of meeting the demands of the growing population or of complying with modern environmental standards. As a result of this limited capacity, population growth in the area was constrained, while the quality of effluent being discharged into local waterways was significantly below standard.

Speaking at the official opening event this Friday, Deputy Pat Deering, TD for Carlow-Kilkenny said: “We are very pleased to be here today to mark the completion of this very significant project for Co Carlow. Adequate wastewater treatment is absolutely essential for the growth and development of any community and these plants have been designed to cater for the existing population as well as projected population growth over the coming years.

“Not only does this investment support development in this area, it also helps protect local waterways – in this case the River Slaney, River Derreen and the wider river network, by ending the practice of discharging inadequately treated wastewater into these waterways.”

Cllr William Paton, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council said: “This is a very welcome project for Co Carlow, bringing major improvements to the quality of wastewater treatment in this area. Local residents and businesses will enjoy many benefits from this project, as will visitors to the area who avail of the rivers for fishing and other water-based activities.”

James O’Toole, Wastewater Operations Lead with Irish Water, added: “The importance of investing in Ireland’s water and wastewater treatment cannot be overstated. Effective treatment of wastewater is essential in protecting our rivers and coastal areas. By 2021, as outlined in the Irish Water Business Plan, we aim to have all discharges to our rivers and seas treated before being released. This investment of €2.8 million in state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plants in Rathvilly and Hacketstown moves us another step closer to that goal.”

The new wastewater treatment plants in Hacketstown and Rathvilly were built at a cost of €1.45m and €1.35m respectively. Both have been designed to provide state-of-the-art biological treatment of wastewater before it is returned safely to the environment. Treated effluent from both plants is continually monitored to ensure that it meets the EPA wastewater discharge licence requirements. The treatment plants will be operated by Carlow County Council in partnership with Irish Water.

These projects form part of Irish Water’s investment plan where works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s business plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.