Irish Water and Mayo County Council today marked the official opening of Killala, Foxford and Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plants.

It follows a €19m investment which has ended the discharge of raw sewage into the environment in the area.

The project included the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant in Killala, which is now able to serve a population equivalent of 1,800 providing a platform for future social and economic growth.

In Foxford, a new treatment plant was built to serve a population equivalent of 3,500; this also included the construction of a new pumping station and upgrade of the three existing pumping stations; installation of a new rising main and upgrade of the collection network.

The existing wastewater treatment plant in Charlestown was also upgraded to increase the capacity to 3,400 (PE) as well as the installation of new sewers and a new outfall to the Mullaghanoe River.

The new and upgraded treatment plants will bring huge benefits to the local communities in terms of protection of the environment; improved water quality for angling, water sports and marine life.

At a special event this morning to mark the occasion, Minister Peter Burke welcomed the significant investment by Irish Water saying ‘The provision of a reliable wastewater service, in a manner that protects the natural environment, is essential to the economic and social development across the county.’