Newport in Co Mayo has been named as one of 34 towns in Ireland that released raw sewage into the environment every day in 2020 because they did not have treatment plants, according to a new report by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA said Ireland will need “substantial and sustained investment to bring public wastewater treatment up to standard”.
The agency said while Irish Water is making progress, there is “still a long way to go” and the pace at which essential improvements are being delivered is “too slow”.
Irish Water said new infrastructure to eliminate discharge of raw sewage in Newport is at the design state and this means the majority of raw sewage discharges are on track to be removed by the end of 2025.
The EPA also highlighted the completion of a new wastewater treatment plant in Killala. Irish Water have said the new wastewater treatment plant will serve a population equivalent of 1,800 and brings benefits to Killala in terms of health, integrity of the environment and improved water quality for all. It also allows for social and economic growth in the area.
Other ongoing project updates include a new treatment plant, with capacity for the equivalent of 3,500 people, which was constructed in Foxford that ensures compliance with legislation and protects the local rivers and the marine environment. Meanwhile, an upgrade of the treatment plant in Charlestown will lead to improvements in water quality in the Mullaghanoe River.
Plans are also in place to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant in Claremorris to allow for continued growth and development in the town.