Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has sought a commitment in the Dáil from Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, that the Mountmellick Sewage Scheme upgrade works would be included in the capital investment plan for 2014/2015.
The TD raised the issue at Question Time in the Dáil with Minister Hogan and asked for an update on phase 2 and phase 3 of the Mountmellick Sewage Scheme.
“I also mentioned that there are over 80 houses with septic tanks in various parts of the town including the Garoon, Manor Road, Pond Lane, Debbicot and Chapel Lane areas. Clearly there is a health and environmental issue because of the poor percolation and given the number of tanks within such a small area. There is a high water table in Mountmellick and also a problem with the existing network and in May 2012 conditional planning permission for the scheme was granted by An Bord Pleanála”.
The Minister stated that a preliminary report has been submitted to his Department for the scheme which is under review. The council is reviewing certain areas within the town boundaries with regard to properties served by septic tanks and an application for a wastewater discharge licence has been made to the EPA.
Deputy Stanley added that the minister had given him an update.
“The Minister informed me that all projects listed in the water services investment programme 2010/13 will transfer to Irish Water on January 1, 2014 therefore the project will be included in the capital investment plan for the period 2014 to 2015”.
Phase 2 will involve the upgrade and expansion of the existing collection network and treatment facilities, while phase 3 will look to the long-term ultimate development of Mountmellick.