€7.5 million is being invested in the upgrade of the Ardee Wastewater Treatment Plant, according to Irish Water.
The official sod turning on the upgrade will take place in Ardee next week with work set to get underway shortly. Irish Water say the upgrade will see the capacity of the plant raised from 5,000pe to 10,000pe – which should more than faciliate the current usage and water flow in the town. The 10,000 population equivalent figure is higher than the previously thought 8,000pe upgrade.
As reported on ThisIsArdee.ie last month, the project is set to take approximately 18 months to complete and work will include an upgrade to the Irish Street Wastewater Pumping Station. It will also involve designing and building sewer network upgrades in the town.
‘This investment in an upgraded wastewater treatment plant will protect the environment and the River Dee, ensure compliance with the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directives, reduce sewer overflows, provide for capacity at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and support future economic development in the area,” Irish Water say. The cost of the project will be €7.5 million.
Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council Colm Markey, also an Ardee Municipal District councillor, will be present to turn the sod at the site next Friday, following an event at the Civic Services Centre at the Fair Green.
Cork-based Electrical Pump & Services Ltd and Dublin-based civil engineering company Wills Bros Ltd have been hired by Louth County Council and Irish Water to design, build and operate the plant in Ardee.
Last month, the EPS Group confirmed to ThisIsArdee.ie the “project [was] scheduled to start immediately”, according to the companies’ Technical Director Jim Palmer.
Earlier this year, the plant was being fed 6,000-6,5000pe which was overloading the facility and leading to a sewage overflow and odour problem in the town. The problem has been a long standing one for locals in Ardee especially in areas in close proximity to the treatment plant such as Tierney Street, Dawson’s Demesne and Old Dawson’ Demesne.
The prospect of upgrading the waste water treatment plant in Ardee has been one that has dragged on for some time. A decade ago, Louth County Council took out an environmental impact study on the idea of upgrading it to a 12,500pe capacity.