Upgrades for sewerage treatment plants

There will be upgrades to waste water treatment plants in five villages in the county after Longford Co Council signed significant contracts for the works last week.

There will be upgrades to waste water treatment plants in five villages in the county after Longford Co Council signed significant contracts for the works last week.

The two contracts signed by Longford Co Council last Wednesday are worth in the region of €10 million and are aimed at improving water and sewerage services in the county.

New Wastewater Treatment Plants (WTPs) will be built in Ardagh, Aughnacliffe and Ballinalee after Electrical & Pump Services Ltd., Mayo won the contract for their construction. There will also be upgrades to the existing WTPs in Drumlish and Newtownforbes.

This announcement is of particularly good news for the residents of Newtownforbes after the Council admitted in February that the WTP there was “deficient.” Electrical & Pump Services Ltd. will provide for the design, supply, construction, installation, testing and commissioning, operation and maintenance of all plant, materials and equipment in these WTPs as part of the contract.

County Manager, Mr. Tim Caffrey, has welcomed the investment in the water services infrastructure of the county, stating “these contracts will significantly improve the quality of water services in county Longford and will boost the local economy.”

As part of a separate contract for the Longford Regional Water Supply Scheme, two new reservoirs will be constructed. It is planned a new 5,000m³ reservoir at Prucklish and a 750m³ reservoir at Lisnanagh will provide additional storage capacity on the scheme.

As part of the contract won by Carty Contractors Ltd., who are based in Sligo, there will also be construction of new rising main and distribution main between Lough Forbes Water Treatment Plant and Prucklish Reservoir; construction of a distribution main between Prucklish Reservoir and Drumlish and the construction of a new rising main between Glannagh Pumping Station and Lisnanagh Reservoir.

Cllr Frank Kilbride and Mayor of Longford County Council also welcomed the signing of the two contracts. “This continuing investment in County Longford is good news for the county and demonstrated the confidence of the Government in our future economic development,” Cllr Kilbride said.