Wastewater treatment plans for
from Moville is currently being discharged into the
Bredagh River and Lough Foyle at five locations
polluting the beaches and coastline.
The equivalent of approximately 2,800 wheelie bins
of untreated wastewater is currently being
discharged into Lough Foyle and the Bredagh River
every day and Irish Water plans to build a
wastewater treatment plant in Moville to ensure that
untreated wastewater is no longer discharged in the
river and lough.
At present Moville has no municipal wastewater
treatment facilities and the discharge of untreated
wastewater into the Bredagh River has seen it
classified as being ‘seriously polluted’ by the
Environmental Protection Agency.
Irish Water had a meeting yesterday with the Donegal
Oireachtas members where they discussed the
utility’s plans to develop much-needed wastewater
infrastructure in Moville.
Raw sewage is currently being
discharged, at Moville, into Lough Foyle polluting
the beaches and coastline.
The new plant will
facilitate the decommissioning of more than 15
temporary treatment plants in housing developments
in Moville and allow for applications to be made to
connect them to the public sewer. It will stop
ongoing pollution at local beaches and ensure
compliance with national and EU regulations relating
to the treatment and discharge of wastewater.
Concerns raised by the Oireachtas members, Deputy
McConalogue and Senator MacLochlainn, at yesterday’s
meeting included the location of the outfall pipe
and the issue of odours.
Both Oireachtas members expressed their
disappointment at Greencastle not being included in
the current scope of the project. Irish Water
advised that Moville is currently one of the highest
priority schemes for Irish water due to the ongoing
discharge of untreated wastewater from the public
sewerage system. The current design will however
enable the connection of Greencastle at a future
Speaking following the meeting, Colm Claffey, Irish
Water said: “Irish Water will continue to engage
with the local community over the course of the
project’s development... We look forward to
meeting with the local elected representatives and
others next month.”
Further information about this proposed scheme is
available on Irish Water’s website