Kildare County Council has been given the green light to seek tenders to upgrade and expand the Osberstown wastewater treatment plant. The contract will be funded under the Department of Environment’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2013, according to Minister Phil Hogan. Fine Gael TD Anthony Lawlor said the upgrade and expansion of the plant at Osberstown is significant for the people of Kildare North as it serves a vast population in Naas, Johnstown, Kill, Clane, Prosperous, and Sallins.
“It also expands to Newbridge, Athgarvan and Kilcullen,” he added.
At present the plant operates at 80,000 population equivalent (p.e.) capacity and this will be expanded to cater for up to 130,000 (p.e.).
He said the capacity will facilitate the expanding industrial, domestic and commercial population in the area and from an environmental point of view the facility will treat water to the highest standards “which will protect and enhance the local environment.” He hoped that when work starts Kildare County Council will immediately allow planning permissions to proceed.
Some planning permissions had conditions attached pending the upgrading of the plant.
“This new system will cater for a higher number of business and residential developments, which should be encouraged to bring our building sector back to life. I will be pressing the council to proceed with seeking tenders for the contracts as soon as possible.” - Paul O’Meara