Irish Water is currently progressing the detailed design of wastewater infrastructure for the towns of Rathmullan, Milford and Ramelton and is working towards submitting a planning application in 2019.
The environmental studies required to support the planning application are ongoing.
At present the towns have either no or substandard wastewater treatment and are discharging untreated or partially treated wastewater into the environment at these three separate locations.
The practice of discharging untreated wastewater is unacceptable and Irish Water says that it intends to rectify this problem.
This will be achieved through the construction of pumping stations at the three locations, rising mains and a combined wastewater treatment plant which will discharge treated effluent to the Leannon Estuary.
This project will ensure that there is an adequate treatment of wastewater, for now and into the future, as well as protecting human health and safeguarding the environment.
It is envisaged that planning, design and construction will take approximately 3 to 4 years and will be undertaken between 2018 and 2021.
The utility has met with the local community and their concerns were reflected as part of this decision.