Department of the Environment approved the preliminary report for the preparation contract documents for New Wastewater Treatment Plants and upgrading of the existing Collection Networks in Kilkee and Kilrush

July 4th, 2011 - Pat Breen

Council urged to provide scheme as soon as possible.

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs & Clare T.D. Pat Breen, today (Tuesday) announced that the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Phil Hogan T.D. has given approval to Clare County Council’s proposals for the construction of two new Wasterwater Treatment Plants in the areas of Kilkee and Kilrush in Co. Clare, together with the upgrade of the existing Network Collection System in each area.

“This has been with the Department of the Environment for many years and it is a significant development in progressing the two schemes. I would like to see these projects progressing with the minimum of delay, through to the preparation of Contract and Tender Documents, so that the Schemes could go to construction some time in 2013.”

“€17.2m will be spent on these projects, €6.7m on the project Kilrush and €10.5m in Kilkee. The Schemes will be funded by the DOE in conjunction with Clare County Council with the exact details yet to be worked out.”

“These schemes are very important to these two West Clare towns particularly given the importance of tourism to their local economies.”

‘‘This contract is included in the Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012 as a scheme at planning’’, the Minister continued.

Deputy Breen added that Minister Hogan would be asking the Council to conclude the preparation of contract documents and tender process, with a view to getting the construction underway as quickly as possible.

“There are number of other sewerage schemes throughout the County in need of upgrading including the Ennis and surrounding area Scheme and I hope that we will have good news on these schemes in the future.”