Work on upgrading Nenagh’s antiquated waste water system is to begin next month, according to Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly.
The work will be carried out by Enervia, the parent company of Bord Gais Networks and Irish Water, and will be done alongside the town’s gas pipe line installation programme.
“I announced in July last year that the contract for the new gas line into Nenagh had been signed at an investment of approximately €8.5m. This new energy source will make Nenagh much more competitive for investment thereby creating and maintaining jobs. I expect the gas line to be turned on for Arrabawn Co-op in the coming weeks and then rolled out over 14 kilometres across the town.
“In October last year, I announced that Nenagh’s water supply and waste water system was also set for a major upgrade which will be completed alongside the gas project for the town. I am well aware that there have been many problems with smells emanating around the town due to the antiquated waste water system.
“Ervia, which is the parent company of Gas Networks Ireland and Irish Water are now combining both the gas and water / waste water projects. The rehabilitation project in Nenagh to improve water and waste water systems will commence at the end of July and will take approximately 12 months to complete. This rehabilitation project will modernise the water / waste water infrastructure and deal with all the issues I know many of residents in the town have had to face over the years.
“This is the very first time that Ervia, as a multi-utility company, will take a combined approach to deliver water and gas infrastructure in Ireland. Integrating both projects under the Ervia umbrella creates economies, will increase efficiencies and deliver direct cost savings to customers and the taxpayer, while minimising disruption to businesses and the local community,” he said.
The announcement has been welcomed by Nenagh Chamber, with president Denis Finnerty saying they were “absolutely delighted” that the work was going ahead. He described the project as “substantial” for the town.
“We know there is going to be some disruption while the work is ongoing, but the end result will be worth the hardship,” he said.
Mr Finnerty, however, cautioned that the chamber and the town’s traders would want to be sure that “we are getting it right” with the proposed upgrade. The Kenyon Street pharmacist said that the business community was “keen” to get information to see if there were any measures they needed to do at the entrance to their premises.
He hoped that the work would generate local construction jobs.