€8.7m Waterville Water & Sewerage Scheme contract signed

Released: 01 March 2007

The signing of contracts for the construction of the Waterville Water Supply and Sewerage Scheme – Contract No. 1 – Pipelines, marks the first time in Ireland that a full water supply scheme and sewerage scheme have been combined into one project.

The €8.7m contract was signed in Tech Amergin, Waterville on Friday, March 2, and will see the infrastructure of the South Kerry town greatly improved.

Over 22km of new watermains will be laid during the project, with over 10km of new foul and storm sewers also laid. A new wastewater treatment plant and a new water treatment plant will be constructed under a separate contract, to be awarded later in the year.

Denis Moriarty The Kerries Ltd, of Tralee, have been appointed as contractors for the pipeline project.

“It is the first time that a full water supply scheme and sewerage scheme have been combined in the one project, and it also marks the largest Water Services Contract that Kerry County Council has ever signed,” Acting County Manager Tom Curran explained.

“Strategicially, Waterville is hugely important to Kerry’s tourist industry, due to its location on the Ring of Kerry and the fact that it is a major golfing and angling destination. This means that the provision of such infrastructure is crucial.”

Already this year, contracts have been signed for a number of major water and wastewater schemes, including new Sewerage Schemes for Fieries, Miltown, Kilcummin and Barraduff.

They are being part-funded under the National Development Plan – Water Services Investment Programme through the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, with an allocation of €82m targeted for projects in the county.

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Ted Fitzgerald welcomed the project, pointing out that it would aid the future growth of the South Kerry town.

“It will provide crucial infrastructure to Waterville, allowing it to meet the present and future needs of the area,” he said.

“Great credit must be due to the Water Services Department, the landowners whose co-operation has been vital, and the local community and organisations.”

 

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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