‘Big Phil’ to open €24m Tullamore wastewater treatment plant

THE new €24 million Tullamore Wastewater Treatment Plant and Sludge Treatment Centre will be officially opened this week by ‘Big Phil’.

THE new €24 million Tullamore Wastewater Treatment Plant and Sludge Treatment Centre will be officially opened this week by ‘Big Phil’.

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan will cut the ribbon on the completed plant on Thursday in Kilcruttin.

Construction began on the project back in May 2010 and was completed at the end of May of this year.

Before works started the old plant had capacity for 16,000 population equivilant but was actually treating up to 25,000 population equivilant.

However, the new plant will cater for 45,000 population equivilant.

As well as this, the project also saw the construction of the new sludge treatment plant which will cater for 80,000 population equivilant. This means it will cater for waste water treatments plants throughout the entire county of Offaly.

It’s expected the new plant will be adequate for the next twenty years.

The old wastewater treatment plant, which is adjacent to the new one in Kilcruttin, will be decommissioned.

The project was a joint venture between EPS and SIAC, and the new plant will be operated by EPS on behalf of Offaly County Council.

Chairperson of Offaly County Council Danny Owens described the project as “a wonderful piece of infrastructure”.

“It is a major wastewater treatment plant and sludge treatment centre which will service the town and county for the next twenty years. Plans for this were put in place a few years ago.”

Cllr Owens explained this project is just the latest in a series taking place around the town which will be of great benefit to it. “There are a lot of improvements taking place around the town such as the new library, the Tullamore Dew distillery in Clonminch and the arts centre.”