Ballyroan's capacity for more houses is set to grow with confirmation that the village is getting an upgrade to its sewerage system.
Irish Water announced the project in partnership with Laois County Council as part of its work to "support growth and development throughout the county", while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.
The wastewater treatment plant in the village near Portlaoise and Abbeyleix has been selected for the upgrade as part of the Small Towns and Villages Growth Programme.
The State-owned utility says the investment in the local wastewater infrastructure will provide additional capacity for the development of new homes while ensuring that wastewater continues to be treated to an appropriate standard.
Elaine Heneghan is Irish Water’s Regional Forward Planning Specialist.
“We are pleased to confirm that this important project to improve wastewater treatment capacity in Ballyroan has been given the green light. This will bring big benefits to the area by ensuring the infrastructure is in place to meet the needs of the village Ballyroan as it continues to grow.
“The purpose of the Small Towns and Villages Growth Programme is to support growth in smaller towns and villages. Ballyroan was selected following detailed consultation with the Local Authority to identify and prioritise areas for investment,” she said.
Irish Water says the project will now continue through the next stages including design, detailed planning, procurement and approvals. Further updates on the budget and timelines for delivery will be provided in due course.
Laois Offaly TD and Minister of State Seán Fleming urged haste in delivery.
"In welcoming the announcement I am also calling on Irish Water to move this project forward as quickly as possible," said the Fianna Fáil TD.
Irish Water says it is responsible for public water and wastewater infrastructure and is committed to providing a safe and reliable water supply, protecting the environment and supporting the growth of homes and businesses. The building, repair and upgrading of Irish Water’s water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants, water and sewer network will require a multi-billion euro investment programme over many years.
Irish Water says is investing €5.2 billion in the period from 2020-2024 in drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure.
The Draft Capital Investment Plan is subject to consultation and final determination by Irish Water’s regulator, the Commission of the Regulation of Utilities (CRU). This process is ongoing. Following its completion and with the approval of the CRU, updated details of the planned investments in each county will be outlined over the coming months.
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