Plans to address water supply issues in Donegal progressing

 

Plans by Irish Water to rectify long-standing issues of flooding, overflow and capacity deficiencies in Buncrana, Ballybofey and Stranorlar are said to be progressing.

The utility say, as part of the Sewerage Schemes the risk of flooding from sewers will be reduced and water quality in Lough Swilly and the River Finn will be improved.

The project at Buncrana will include the provision of stormwater storage at the Buncrana Wastewater Treatment Plant and Westbrook Pumping Station and the upgrade of the sewer network to increase its capacity.

While in Ballybofey and Stranorlar, works will include; the replacement of the existing pumping station at Navenny; resolving ongoing flooding from St Josephs Pumping Station and the upgrade of the sewer network to increase its capacity.

Irish Water say an upgrade to the Ballybofey and Stranorlar Wastewater Treatment Plant was recently completed in January 2020.

To date the project team has consulted with all landowners identified on the proposed schemes.

The utility is now applying to An Bord Pleanála to use or acquire the required wayleaves and lands by Compulsory Purchase Order, and will submit CPO applications to An Bord Pleanála this week.