Construction works have officially begun on a €19 million upgrade to the Enniscorthy Regional Water Supply Scheme.

The start of the works was marked with a sod turning ceremony led by James Browne TD, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and supported by Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Councillor John Fleming; Leas-Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District, Councillor Jackser Owens; local TDs and councillors, and representatives from Uisce Éireann and Wexford County Council. Also in attendance were Alistair Cussen, NOD Associate Director and Emer Donnelly, NOD Senior Project Engineer.

Nicholas O’Dwyer has been providing engineering, environmental and planning services for the Scheme since 2018, including the preparation of feasibility studies and a master plan. The Enniscorthy Regional Water Supply Scheme includes upgrade of the water intake and pumping station at Slaney River and the upgrade, expansion and refurbishment of the existing Vinegar Hill water treatment plant, to meet the initial increased demand from 3.6MLD to 4.5MLD in 2030 and makes provision for ultimate future supply demand to 9MLD. The scheme also involves the replacement of 2km of interconnecting raw water main, and upgrade of the existing treatment facilities at Vinegar Hill water treatment plant.

The proposed upgrade works will ensure a reliable and sustainable water supply for over 11,000 consumers in Enniscorthy and the surrounding areas, and will remove the supply from the EPA’s Remedial Action List.

Diane Carroll, Portfolio Manager at Uisce Éireann, highlighted the project’s significance for the community:
“We’re pleased to mark the commencement of construction on this critical project for the people of Enniscorthy. It will address water quality and supply issues arising from deficiencies and bottlenecks in the existing water infrastructure. The upgraded infrastructure will ensure a reliable and sustainable water supply supporting growth and development of the town.”

James Browne TD, Minister of State at the Department of Justice also commented on further growth that this project enables:
“I am delighted to be here today to officially turn the sod on these critical upgrade works. This project is pivotal to supporting future growth and development in Enniscorthy and will support the successful delivery of housing. I would like to commend all those involved in bringing the project to this important stage and commend Uisce Éireann for progressing this vital project as part of its going investment in Wexford.”

Nicholas O’Dwyer is proud to be a part of this critical infrastructure project and will continue to provide our services until the completion of the works in 2025.