The upgrade of the water treatment plant in Ardee is set to begin at the end of this month, local councillors have been told by Irish Water.
Independent councillor Jim Tenanty has told ThisIsArdee.ie that an Irish Water update on Tuesday informed him that once the upgrade was signed off at the end of June, work would begin on much needed upgrades of the plant. The work would aim to end long standing odour issues emanting from overloads at the facility.
Tenanty also suggested that Irish Water issue all local councillors be issued with the same communications outlining such plans so as to keep the public informed of developments.
Having contacted Irish Water directly, Sinn Fein councillor Tom Cunningham found that the current capacity of the treatment plant in Ardee is 5,000pe but presently the plant is being fed 6,000-6,5000pe which is overloading the facility and leading to the current sewage overflow.
Cunningham had submitted questions to this month’s Ardee Municipal District meeting held last Thursday but the Clogherhead based councillor expressed his disappointment at the local authority’s failure to answer questions on the matter.
He said he was “disappointed that the council were unable to answer the questions and were relying on Irish Water to do so.”
“I was very disappointed with the answer I got,” he told Thursday’s meeting.” The treatment plant is run by the county council. We will see over the next few weeks whether the smell has gone.”
Last week, Cunningham said that the issue of a foul odour coming from the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Ardee had been addressed. He received confirmation from Irish Water of an ‘operational issue’ at the plant with the company telling him the problem ‘has been addressed.’
This summer’s plant upgrade will see the capacity raised from 5,000pe to 8,000pe – which should more than faciliate the current usage and water flow in the town.