Works begin on €25M upgrade of Ballyjamesduff plant

Works have commenced on the long-awaited upgrade of Ballyjamesduff Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The development has been confirmed this afternoon by Uisce Éireann, working in partnership with Cavan County Council.

The €25m investment promises a host of benefits for the Ballyjamesduff community including enhanced water quality, improved amenity value, and compliance with environmental regulations.

This project also enables growth for the local economy with a greater capacity at the plant.

The modernisation effort involves upgrading the wastewater treatment plant alongside the existing storm tanks and the construction of a new administration building. The new plant, serving a population equivalent of 5,200, will provide treatment of all wastewater in compliance with EU directives and EPA licencing requirements.

Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith has welcomed the progress.

"This project represents a substantial investment, which will boost the area by enhancing the local environment, improving water quality and ensuring that wastewater is treated appropriately to meet regulatory standards," he said.

The works will bring “real advantages to Ballyjamesduff and the environment, which will undoubtedly foster future community growth”, according to Uisce Éireann’s portfolio manager, Patrick Greene.

“Ballyjamesduff Wastewater Treatment Plant is a crucial piece of infrastructure for Cavan and, once the upgrade works have been completed, we will be able to ensure that we can accommodate future growth and protect the environment, in a more efficient way," said Mr Greene.

Emphasising Uisce Éireann’s commitment to improving infrastructure, he also thanked the people of Ballyjamesduff for their "ongoing support and patience throughout the delivery of this vital wastewater upgrade for the community".

Veolia Water is carrying out the work on behalf of Uisce Éireann, which is due to be completed in 2027.