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Matthews Welcomes Scheme to Improve Water Quality in South Wicklow

Date: 29 July 2022


Deputy Steven Matthews, Green Party TD for Wicklow, has welcomed the commencement of works on the Aughrim-Annacurra Water Supply Scheme. This project will involve the construction of 13.5km of state-of-the-art watermains in Aughrim, the extension of the Ballyduff (Arklow) Water Supply Scheme to Aughrim, the installation of new booster pumps at Ballyduff, Ballymorris and Aughrim and the decommissioning of the Ballymorris and Aughrim Water Treatment Plants.


Discussing the announcement from Irish Water and Wicklow County Council, Deputy Matthews said:


“I am delighted that works have commenced on the Aughrim-Annacurra Water Supply Scheme. This is a project that I have been working on for a long time and investment in the water infrastructure of South Wicklow is overdue. The scheme will deliver vital improvements in the quality of drinking water for local residents and businesses, limit disruptions to supply and reduce the incidence of boil water notices. This is brilliant news for our local communities in Aughrim and surrounding areas in County Wicklow and will ensure access to clean, safe and reliable drinking water supplies.


“Improving water quality is a key priority for the Green Party in Government. The announcement of the Aughrim-Annacurra Water Supply Scheme follows significant progress on the construction of the Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant and the selection of the Avonmore River for the Waters of LIFE Project, which aims to maintain and improve the water quality of EU-designated ‘high-status’ catchments. Access to high-quality water supplies is incredibly important for improving public health, enabling the development of residential housing units and protecting our marine and aquatic life.


“This is the work of a Government with a long-term vision for ensuring the sustainability of our water supplies. I look forward to further engagement with the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, and my Green Party colleague and the Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD, on initiatives to improve water quality across County Wicklow. I am always happy to meet with local residents and groups, and if there are any specific issues in relation to water quality, I would encourage people to get in touch with me directly to discuss it”, concluded Deputy Matthews.


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