Work will finally start on the long-awaited upgrade of the Osberstown Waste Water Treatment Plant this September.
Contracts were signed on Friday, July 11, between Irish Water and contractors Veolia, last Tuesday’s meeting of councillors on Naas Municipal District heard.
The contractor has been on site for the past number of months, setting up offices, and work will officially start on the upgrade on September 1.
The contractor will take over the running of the plant for the duration of the works, which are scheduled to finish in September 2016.
The plant currently operates at 80,000 Population Equivalent (PE - or for use by that number of people every day, a figure which also includes industrial use). The new upgrade will see 130,000 PE delivered by the end of the works.
The Osberstown plant is part of the Upper Liffey Valley Regional Sewerage Scheme. The current plant was commissioned in 2001. It treats wastewater from Naas, Newbridge, Sallins, Clane, Kill, Johnstown, Prosperous, Caragh, Brownstown, the Curragh Military Camp, Suncroft and Kilcullen.
The plant has been operating at full capacity for years, and a significant number of residential, commercial and industrial planning permissions in mid-Kildare have been held up due to delays with the upgrade.
The meeting heard that the upgrade is scheduled to deliver 88,000 PE by this November.
The plant will deliver 100,000 PE by July 2015, with the final capacity of 130,000 PE on schedule to be delivered by September 2016.
There will be a subsequent ‘proving period’ of 12 months and a defects warranty of a further year, before the plant reverts to full Kildare County Council control by September 2018.
The good news was delivered to Naas District Councillors by Kildare County Councillor’s Director of Water Services Joe Boland and Senior Engineer John O’Neill. The successful completion of the project will be pivotal to the growth of the Naas area with regards to development and the demand for residential accommodation in the area, the meeting heard.
Naas District Mayor Seamie Moore welcomed the news, noting that months had been lost on the project due to the transfer of water responsibilities to Irish Water.
“This is great news for the centre of Kildare,” he said.