Irish Water is set to commences on the upgrade the Mountmellick Wastewater Treatment Plant in Laois.
The €850,000 investment will improve the level of treatment at the plant and improve the discharge quality of treated water from the plant into the River Owenass.
Irish Water says the upgrade will also improve the energy efficiency of the plant which will deliver long term savings on operation costs.
The project includes upgrades to the existing pumping station, a new inlet works and grit removal system to prevent large debris from entering and damaging the treatment plant and an upgrade to the aeration system which will improve the overall treatment processes at the plant.
Design works have been completed and construction works will commence on the Monday, February 5 and will be completed by the summer 2018. Conway Engineering Ltd will be carrying out the works on behalf of Irish Water.
Irish Water says the investment in the Mountmellick Wastewater Treatment Plant ensures that Irish Water is fully compliant with the EU Urban Wastewater Directives.
Peter Flood, Capital Programmes is Lead for Irish Water in the East and Midlands Region.
“Investment in the Mountmellick Wastewater Treatment plant will benefit the environment as the level of wastewater treatment at the plant will be greatly improved along with the quality of the treated water discharged from the plant. The upgrades will also improve the efficiency at the plant which will reduce operating costs. The improved wastewater treatment will ensure that the plant is complying with EU Urban Wastewater Directives,” he said.
The move was welcomed by Laois TD and Minister Justice Charlie Flanagan.