County Donegal wastewater treatment plan approved

Two towns in County Donegal could soon have state-of-the-art art wastewater treatment plants, after local council chiefs approved preliminary plans for the projects.

The local Donegal County Council's preliminary reports on the town's sewage systems have now received approval to invite tenders, meaning that both Dungloe and Glenties could be set to also upgrade their pumping stations and sewers.

It is expected that the wastewater treatment plants will cost between Euro 3m and Euro 4m each and that the construction of them should begin in either 2008 or 2009.

Minister Mary Coughlan told the Highland Radio's website that a planning issue in Gweedore had previously been holding up the scheme, but that this had now been successfully resolved.

The process was sped up after a local angling group released video footage of raw sewerage in a local river in Glenties.

As a result of the council's decision, tender documents are already being sought from construction businesses and wastewater experts.

James Cooper



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