Irish Water discuss Moville
IRISH Water met
yesterday (Monday 17 June) with members of the
Community for Clean Estuary group and elected
officials in two separate meetings where they
discussed the utility’s plans to develop wastewater infrastructure in Moville.
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.
Untreated wastewater from Moville is currently being
discharged at five locations polluting the beaches
and coastline. The equivalent of approximately 2,800
wheelie bins of untreated wastewater are 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 into
the river and lough.
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.
Concerns raised at yesterday’s meetings included the
location of the outfall pipe and worries that
discharges from the new treatment plant would
pollute the coastline and destroy beaches.
Irish Water representatives said the new treatment
plant would improve the water quality along the
coastline ensuring the beaches are protected from
Elected officials 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 and
the current design will enable the connection of
Greencastle at a future date.
Speaking following yesterday’s meeting, Colm Claffey,
Irish Water said: “Today’s meetings provided us with
a great opportunity to hear and discuss in an open
environment the concerns of the Community for Clean
Estuary group... Irish Water will continue to engage
with the local community over the course of the
Further information about this proposed scheme is
available on Irish Water’s website