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Irish Water discuss Moville wastewater plans 18.05.19

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 wastewater pollution.
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 project’s development.”
Further information about this proposed scheme is available on Irish Water’s website www.water.ie/moville .
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