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Construction of water treatment works for Ballyvaughan and Kilfenora are to commence next year, Irish Water have said.

Plans to construct a wastewater treatment plant in Ballyvaughan that will serve a population equivalent of 1,055 plus a new pumping station and associated infrastructure are progressing.

Irish Water intend to acquire lands and submit a planning application with Clare County Council for the project during 2021. “Once planning has been submitted, these plans will be available for the public to view in the planning offices of Clare County Council and also online via the eplanning portal. Subject to planning being granted, Irish Water expects to commence work in 2022,” a spokesperson for the utility company outlined.

Permission for a new wastewater treatment plant in Kilfenora and sewerage infrastructure were granted by the local authority in late 2019. “We are currently in the process of acquiring the land required for the proposed scheme and we hope to commence construction in 2022,” the spokesperson detailed.

In what he welcomed as good news for the communities, Cllr Joe Killeen (FF) stated that steps must be taken before the public consultation stage. “I would ask that Irish Water make contact and use local knowledge in the system of construction for wastewater treatment works”.

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