THE €24 million Tullamore Waste Water Treatment Plant is expected to be operational by mid-summer.
Tom Shanahan, Water Section Offaly County Council, informed members of the Tullamore area committee that the facility is almost constructed and it’s expected to be operational by June or July.
Meanwhile, it could be three or four years before residents of Mucklagh are connected to Tullamore’s waste water facilities.
During an update on the Water Services Investment Programme, 2010-2012 Mr Shanahan informed Cllr Danny Owens that the long term aspiration of the County Council was to pump sewerage from Mucklagh into Tullamore but the Council didn’t expect to be in a position to do this for another three or four years.
The Engineer explained that there were other works that needed to done before the connection to Mucklagh could be facilitated. “The progress of this will be dictated by the overall Tullamore scheme and also depends on funding.”
A number of members voiced concerns over the situation pointing out that development in the village could be hindered because of this situation.