Firies Wastewater Scheme contract signing

Released: 30 January 2007

The first steps to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure in the village of Firies were taken on Tuesday, when Kerry County Council signed the first of two contracts for the construction of a new sewerage scheme.

The contract involves the construction of two kilometres of foul sewers and 200m of storm sewer. Most of the work involves linking the existing network across fields to the proposed wastewater treatment plant site at Gortnaglogh.

Contractors for the project are Wills Brothers Ltd, Foxford, Co. Mayo. Consulting Engineers are White Young Green Ireland Ltd, Curraheen Road, Cork, while Kerry County Council’s Water Services (Capital Unit) based at Maine Street, Tralee, will manage the project.

The contract to design, build and operate a new wastewater treatment plant at Gortnaglogh will be awarded in the coming months.

“This marks the first step in the development of wastewater treatment facilities for Firies and will cater for the predicted needs of the village to 2027,” Oliver Ring, Director of Water Services with Kerry County Council, explained.

“We have received great co-operation from the landowners and that has been a major advantage in progressing the work.”

The scheme is one of a number of major water infrastructure projects which Kerry County Council is advancing towards construction. These include new Sewerage Schemes for Barraduff, Kilcummin, and Milltown, for which tenders have been received.

The first contract for Waterville Water Supply and Sewerage Scheme is also due to be signed in the coming weeks.

The Firies project is being part funded under the National Development Plan – Water Services Investment Programme through the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

In attendance at the contract signing were Charles and James Wills of Wills Bros. Deputy Mayor of Kerry Robert Beasley, Acting County Manager, John O’Connor and members of Kerry County Council.

Kerry County Council is committed to providing high quality water and sewerage infrastructure throughout the county, to safeguard public health, to protect the environment and to facilitate general economic development.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

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

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