Grangemockler in Tipperary is one of twelve sewage treatment plants set to receive an upgrade from Irish Water which will benefit rural communities and protect local rivers.
This project will be funded by the European Union as part of the Irish National Recovery and Resilience Plan. When complete, the newly upgraded plants will provide additional processing capacity to support housing and growth, improve water quality in rivers, and preserve water supplies.
Supporting the objectives of the Irish River Basin Management Plan, this €20 million investment will improve the water quality of local rivers. A key tool in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive, the Watershed Management Plan aims to protect, improve and sustainably manage our aquatic environment.
Achieving good water quality in our rivers, lakes and coastal waters is essential to protect Ireland’s drinking water sources, the environment and people’s quality of life, says Irish Water.
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, said: “Last year, as part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, the government committed to modernizing a minimum of ten wastewater treatment plants not currently planned for upgrades, whose discharges have been identified as significant pressures on receiving water bodies – this announcement brings that commitment to life.
“This investment in Ireland’s wastewater treatment capacity will bring great benefits to the rural communities surrounding the locations of the 12 sites. Not only does access to clean, healthy water support jobs and industries in these regions, but investing in our wastewater treatment in turn improves the water quality of our rivers, supporting biodiversity.
“I welcome today’s announcement and the benefits that improved water quality will bring to people living in these communities,” said the Minister.