Ballyroan wastewater treatment plant has now been selected for upgrade as part of the Small Towns and Villages Growth Programme, Irish Water and Laois County Council have confirmed.
This investment in the local wastewater infrastructure will provide additional capacity for the development of new homes, while also ensuring that wastewater continues to be treated to an appropriate standard.
Details of other towns and villages to be included in the programme, if any, will be announced in the coming months.
Ballyroan Councillor Mary Sweeney has campaigned for many years for improvement works to take place at the plant.
The Fine Gael Cllr warmly welcomed this news and is looking forward to works getting underway.
She said: “I am delighted with the announcement of the investment by Irish Water in the wastewater treatment plant.
“I have been engaging with both Irish Water and the Council on this issue for a number of years.
“The investment will allow for sustainable growth in the village and I look forward to hearing about the detail with regards to funding and the timeline that will be provided.”
Elaine Heneghan, Irish Water’s Regional Forward Planning Specialist, said: “We are pleased to confirm that this important project to improve wastewater treatment capacity in Ballyroan has been given the green light.
“This will bring big benefits to the area by ensuring the infrastructure is in place to meet the needs of the village Ballyroan as it continues to grow.
“The purpose of the Small Towns and Villages Growth Programme is to support growth in smaller towns and villages.
“Ballyroan was selected following detailed consultation with the Local Authority to identify and prioritise areas for investment.”
The project will now continue through the next stages including design, detailed planning, procurement and approvals.
Irish Water say that further updates on the budget and timelines for delivery will be provided in due course.