Several wastewater plants across Carlow at capacity which is 'strangling' housing development

The matter was raised at this month's meeting of Carlow County Council

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Wastewater treatment plant at capacity in Cloneygall

Concerns have been expressed over the wastewater capacity of the county's wastewater treatment plants and the impact on housing development. 

Several councillors brought up the issue of capacity at wastewater treatment plants from Tullow to Cloneygall as well as  issues in Bagenalstown. 

Director of Services at the Council, Dan McInerney, said wastewater treatment in Cloneygall is "at capacity" and Irish Water have told the local authority it will be "some time" before it will be addressed. 

The issue is now starting to effect housing development in the area. 

Mr McInerney made the statements in response to questions from Cllr Charlie Murphy about a local developer looking to finish off Celtic Tiger houses in the area but the man was told the sewage system is "not up to scratch". 

The capacity of each plant in the county is now to be added to the chief executive's monthly report. 

Cllr Will Paton continued to raise issues at the Tullow plant which is a "noose around the social and economic development of Tullow". 

Cllr Paton previously said the industrial and housing development is being held to ransom by Irish Water because Tullow's wastewater plant is "way over capacity". 

At the meeting this week, he added: "There are 280 housing units that could be built in Tullow and it is in jeopardy. It needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency. It's strangling development in Tullow."

Mr McInerney said they had a meeting with Irish Water representatives on Monday morning and told them there "was a lot of pressure for a lot of reasons" to get the upgrade as soon as possible. 

"There are issues to overcome in relation to the design of the plant," he added. 

Cllr Arthur McDonald raised the issue of wastewater in Bagenalstown and Mr McInerney said Irish Water have appointed a consultant for the plant upgrade in Bagenalstown. 

He said it is a three stage process and that they are at stage one.