Senator presses for early delivery of Falcarragh Sewerage Scheme,

Call on Irish Water and Donegal County Council to redouble efforts

Senator presses for early delivery of Falcarragh Sewerage Scheme,

Pressure on for the construction of the new Falcarragh Waste Water Treatment Plant

Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has once again this week called on Irish Water and Donegal County Council to redouble efforts, so that construction of the new Falcarragh Waste Water Treatment Plant commences as early as possible in 2020.

His comments come after his latest discussions with Irish Water on the matter.

“The ongoing discharge of poorly treated wastewater into Ballyness Bay must be urgently addressed. This can only be done through a significant investment into the Falcarragh Sewerage Scheme.

"I have been staunchly and tirelessly advocating for the delivery of this investment for over 15 years. The construction of a new wastewater treatment system is long overdue. The process has been painstakingly slow. However, I am encouraged that progress is now finally well underway and welcome the Irish Water commitment to the project,” he said.

Senator Ó Domhnaill claimed that the existing sewerage works in Falcarragh were originally constructed in 1959 and consist of primary treatment only which is currently overloaded.

“I can confirm that the new project will provide a modern sewerage scheme for Falcarragh, and I have been informed that it will involve the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant at Ballyness, which will serve a population equivalent of approximately 1675; construction of a tidal tank and tidal valve to restrict discharge to periods of high tide only in Ballyness Bay; decommission and demolition of the existing septic tank in Ballyness; construction of a new wastewater pumping station and demolition of the existing pumping station at Ballyconnell and the construction of a new combined sewer overflow chamber and mechanical screen in Ballyness to replace the existing unscreened overflow.”

He added this scheme was crucial from an environmental standpoint, to end the discharge of what he claimed was akin to approximately 1,300 wheelie bins of poorly treated sewage into Ballyness Bay per day.

"The development is also highly essential to allow the town of Falcarragh to develop, in terms of housing provision and commercial development,” he said.

Senator Ó Domhnaill also claimed that Irish Water have confirmed to him that they were progressing plans for upgraded works to the Falcarragh Waste Water Treatment Plant and that works were scheduled to commence in early to mid-2020, subject to planning approvals being granted.

"The planning application was submitted to Donegal County Council in July 2019. The overall construction phase of the project is expected to be 18 months with a completion anticipated in 2021.

“Irish Water has also confirmed to me that the necessary lands have been acquired through a Compulsory Purchase Order mechanism. These lands are essential for the delivery of this project,” he said.

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