Senator Garret Ahearn has welcomed the announcement of upgrading works to 2 Tipperary wastewater treatment plants in Kilsheelan and Lisvarrinane. This is part of Twenty-one wastewater treatment plants that have been selected for an upgrade as part of the Small Towns and Villages Growth Programme.
Senator Garret Ahearn said “I am very happy to see that two villages in Tipperary have been chosen by Irish Water as part of their support growth and development in small towns and villages right across the country. Kilsheelan and Lisvarrinane have been chosen to receive funding to upgrade their existing wastewater treatment plants at their existing site.
Senator Garret Ahearn continued “This will provide additional capacity for growth which is extremely important to these areas. A lot of other areas in Tipperary have struggled with maximum capacity in terms of wastewater treatment plants already. This work will be in partnership with Tipperary County Council.
“This investment in the local wastewater treatment infrastructure will provide the additional capacity for the development of new homes while ensuring that wastewater continues to be treated to an appropriate standard. That’s a challenge that government and Irish Water will have over the next number of years right across the country.
“We have numerous locations in Tipperary that need immediate attention. It’s good to see that Kilsheelan and Lisvarrinane will have that certainty going forward in the future. But we need to do the same for so many other towns so that they will also have that certainty going forward.
“The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien recently announced the Housing for All plan and wastewater is one of the biggest obstacles that we have in building new homes. This is one of Irish Water’s key initiatives in supporting the delivery of this plan. This will enable Tipperary County Council to plan ahead in terms of planning permission and development in these areas by ensuring the treatment infrastructure is in place to meet the needs of the towns and villages.” Senator Garret Ahearn concluded.