Plans to connect Clane and neighbouring Prosperous with the Osberstown Waste Water Treatment Plant are progressing, albeit slowly.
The move will finally open doors for greater development of Clane and the northern half of the county generally.
The capacity of the treatment plant was exceeded a number of years ago and a lack of upgrade of the plant has been blamed for the cancellation or postponement of a developments in the area.
At a meeting last Wednesday of the Maynooth Munipal District, Cllr Padraig McEvoy asked Council officials to update the committee on works to progress the upgrade to the connection of Clane and Prosperous with the Osberstown Waste Water Treatment Plant.
He also asked for the role of Irish Water in the matter to be outlined.
Officials explained Irish Water is, as the new National Water Utilit, responsible for the funding and delivery of Water Services Capital Projects.
Kildare County Council is an agent for Irish Water and will project manage the delivery of these projects in Kildare.
The Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme Phase 3 Contract 2B is the part of the overall project that will connect Clane – and much of the rest of the Upper Liffey Valley catchment area.
“This contract has been adopted by Irish Water and has been included in their Capital Investment Plan 2014-2016 which was published on May 13, 2014.”
They explained that the contract is listed in the Capital Investment Plan under Category B Review Scope and Commence Construction and that the scope of that contract is currently being reviewed by Irish Water.
They concluded that this review by Irish Water would need to be completed before the project goes to the next stage which is planning, design and construction.
Work on the long awaited upgrade of the Waste Water Treatment plant started last month. The upgrade will enable the plant to process water for 130,000 households, from 80,000.