A massive €30 million overhaul of the Newbridge sewer system is to begin soon.
Irish Water, in partnership with Kildare County Council, will soon begin works on the Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme Contract 2A.
Irish Water said the project will significantly upgrade the sewer network between Newbridge and Osberstown and is one of several projects to expand and improve wastewater treatment in Kildare.
It pointed out the existing sewer network from Newbridge to Osberstown is not large enough to handle the volume of wastewater which runs through it. This can cause frequent overflows, in which untreated wastewater is discharged to the Liffey.
The works, which will take approximately two years to complete, include the laying of approximately 10km of new gravity sewers and rising mains, the replacement of the existing pumping station at Newhall with a new pumping station that includes storm storage to further reduce the risk of overflows, and the construction of two new pumping stations at Little Connell and Kilbelin, each with storm storage tanks to further reduce risk of overflows.
Esther White, Infrastructure Regional Lead with Irish Water, said: “This project is an example of the size and scale of Irish Water’s challenge in bringing the wastewater network up to standard. Once completed, the Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme Contract 2A will bring significant benefits to the Newbridge area.
"The sewer network will have increased capacity for future growth in the Newbridge area, and will be better able to handle storms. The number of untreated overflows to the Liffey will be significantly reduced, improving water quality, and the improvements to the sewer network will help the Osberstown agglomeration to comply with legal requirements. This project is one of several projects to expand and improve wastewater treatment for three large catchment areas in Kildare.”