Irish Water, working in partnership with Wicklow County Council, is progressing plans to upgrade Blessington Wastewater Treatment Plant to safeguard the environment and support social and economic development in the area.
The works will involve the construction of a new primary treatment system including a pump station and upgrades to the existing aeration tanks as well as the installation of a new odour control system. When completed, the project will increase the capacity of the plant to serve a population equivalent (PE) of up to 9,000, enabling future growth and safeguarding the environment by ensuring compliance with national and EU legislation. These essential works will be delivered in adherence with the current HSE and government guidance on Covid-19.
Dawid Wozniak, Regional Lead with Irish Water, said “Irish Water is committed to providing a safe and reliable water supply, protecting the environment and supporting the growth of homes and businesses across Ireland. We are working in partnership with Wicklow County Council to continually improve wastewater treatment throughout Wicklow and are delighted to progress with plans to upgrade Blessington Wastewater Treatment Plant.
"The upgrade works will provide Blessington and the surrounding areas with the infrastructure needed to support future growth by increasing the capacity of the plant as well as safeguarding the environment. We look forward to providing further updates as the project progresses.”
The project will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Veolia Water Ireland and is expected to commence in the coming weeks. Irish Water will provide further communications as the project progresses.
This project forms 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 the end of 2021.
Irish Water continues to work at this time with Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services.