Irish Water respond to claims of 'no capital investment planned for water treatment' in Carlow

The water utility has issued a statement to Carlow Live

Darren Hassett

Reporter:

Darren Hassett

Email:

news@carlowlive.ie

Carlow Carlow Carlow

File photo

Irish Water have responded to claims from a councillor that it has "no capital investment planned for sewage water treatment in the near future" in Carlow. 

Cllr Ken Murnane made the claims at a recent meeting of Carlow County Council and said that it was the information he was being given by senior management in Irish Water. 

Irish Water has said it "is committed to providing appropriate wastewater treatment across Carlow to protect the receiving waterways and facilitate future development".

The water utility said: "A number of projects are being progressed in the county to upgrade wastewater treatment facilities.

"The Carlow Town, Bagenalstown-Leighlinbridge, and Tullow schemes in Carlow are included in the Irish Water Capital Investment Plan and design and development of upgrade proposals are actively being pursued at the moment.

"The upgrade of the wastewater treatment networks in these areas will help to improve water quality, enhance the area’s amenity value and will act as a platform for social and economic development.

"Construction also is due to get underway shortly on the development of innovative reed bed sludge treatment solutions at eight locations in the county (Myshall, Ballon, Clonegal, Raheendoran, Fenagh, Palatine, Kildavin and Rathoe).

"In addition to this, upgrade work was completed last year at the Quinagh Green and Wexford Road Pumping Stations in Carlow town to improve the wastewater treatment network serving the town."

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

Irish Water added: "It is important that developers engage as early as possible with Irish Water if they are planning any developments in the area.  

"This allows us to assess if there is capacity in the local Irish Water infrastructure to cater for any proposed new development and to allow us to plan for future needs.

"To facilitate this, we have established a pre-connection enquiry process allowing potential developers to establish at the outset if water services can be provided from our networks to their sites.

"This is a free service and results in the provision of a Confirmation of Feasibility indicating what service we can provide at that time or if infrastructure works are required to provide additional capacity.

"This provides confidence to developers that their site can be serviced. The Confirmation of Feasibility can be submitted with any subsequent planning application to show that engagement with IW has taken place.

"We encourage the use of the Pre-Connection Enquiry process as early as possible for all development but it is mandatory for those comprising over 100 residential units or 200 student units which are using the Strategic Housing Development fast track planning process.   

"Connection charges will be applied in line with an interim connection charging policy, which is being implemented by Irish Water with the approval of the CRU.

"The Pre Connection Enquiry forms are available on our website at www.water.ie/connections/ along with step by step guides and other supporting materials for developers.

"Further information is available by emailing newconnections@water.ie or by phoning 1850 238 238."