Rural businesses promised new wastewater treatment plants

Rural businesses in the north-west of Ireland will be able to reduce their pollution levels in the future, after ministers announced approval for new wastewater treatment plants.

John Gormley, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, said that he was giving Meath County Council approval to go ahead with a Euro 23m plan to build new wastewater treatment plants in Athboy/Rathcairn, Donore, Duleek, Kilmainhamwood, Moynalty, Rathmolyon and Summerhill.

The plan will help reduce pollution in these areas and help businesses and domestic residents deal with wastewater more effectively.

It will also allow spare capacity to cater for future residential and commercial development.

Minister Gormley said that work had already started on the sewage collection networks in some of the towns and villages.

"The remaining collection networks and the new treatment plants will get underway over the next few months," the Minister added.

"The approval of this scheme reflects the commitment in the Programme for Government for continuing investment in our wastewater schemes to ensure that discharges into our rivers, lakes and coastal water meet the highest international standards."

Mr Gormley said that the new plants would "boost the local economy by providing a solid platform for the social and commercial development for many years to come".

James Cooper



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