Inishowen Councillor Mickey Doherty has welcomed the Irish Water announcement that it is to “upgrade and replace” the odour control systems at the Buncrana Wastewater Treatment Plant, at Railway Road.

Speaking to Donegal Now, Cllr Doherty said he was delighted Irish Water had accepted there were issues with the Buncrana Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Cllr Doherty said: ‘I am delighted Irish Water accepted there were issues with the wastewater treatment plant in Buncrana.

“Residents and businesses in the area were being affected by the unpleasant smell emanating from the plant.

“When I contacted Irish Water, it attributed the odour to the “unusually hot weather of Summer 2018”, which resulted in an increase in odour concentrations emanating from the Buncrana Wastewater Treatment Plant.

“This has come about as a result of the incoming waste water being more concentrated and less dilute than usual due to the dry weather,” said Cllr Doherty.

As a result of Cllr Doherty’s initial contact with Irish Water, the organisation became aware of “some issues” with the odour control systems at the wastewater treatment plant.

According to Cllr Doherty, Irish Water has given an undertaking to “assess the condition” of the odour control units and upgrade / replace them as necessary “under its capital maintenance programme.”

Cllr Doherty thanked Deputy Joe McHugh for assistance in this matter and undertook to work to bring the situation to a satisfactory conclusion.

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