The location of the new wastewater treatment plant , under construction at present in Foxford has been designed taking into account the historical and projected flood events in the immediate area, according to Irish Water.
Controversy has arisen over the location of the new sewerage plant, in an area that is prone to flooding beside the River Moy in Foxford. Midwest News published a photo of the construction site on our facebook page, earlier this week, and it has been eliciting extensive comment.We asked Irish Water for a spokesperson to discuss the matter - they declined that invitation but did issue a statement.
It reads: The location of the new wastewater treatment structures and tanks in Foxford have been designed taking into account the historical and projected flood events in the immediate area. None of the buildings or tanks that are currently under construction in the new wastewater treatment site have been affected by the current flood event. It is noted that a temporary car park area in the lower part of the site is affected by flood water. However this area and the remainder of the site will be raised by up to one meter as envisaged in the design of the works and as assessed as part of the flood assessment that was completed as part of the planning permission process.
Wastewater treatment plants are generally located in the lowest part of a town to facilitate gravitation flow in sewers. Plants are also generally located beside water bodies (rivers) to facilitate the discharge of treated effluent. Because of this flood assessments are a critical part of the design process.