€3m wastewater upgrade project gets underway in Ahascragh

25 January 2022

Works to upgrade Ahascragh Treatment Plant will end the discharge of inadequately treated wastewater into the Bunowen River

Works to upgrade Ahascragh Wastewater Treatment Plant and end the discharge of inadequately treated wastewater into the Bunowen River has commenced. Irish Water, in partnership with Galway County Council, are upgrading the plant to provide treatment to serve a population equivalent of 470. This equates to stopping more than 300 wheelie bins of inadequately treated wastewater being discharged into the Bunowen (Ahascragh) River every day. 

Once operational, the upgraded plant and associated infrastructure will not only ensure compliance with wastewater discharge regulations and improve water quality in the Bunowen River but it will also act as a platform for social and economic development. 

Coffey Water Limited is delivering the works on behalf of Irish Water and works are expected to be completed by Spring 2023.

Outlining the project, Patrick Greene, Regional Infrastructure Lead with Irish Water, said: “We are looking forward to delivering this important project on behalf of the local community. This €3 million euro investment will involve the upgrade of the existing wastewater treatment plant to provide secondary treatment as well as improvements to the storm water overflow and existing main pumping station. These works will enhance Ahascragh’s amenity value and provide a platform for social and economic development well into the future.” 

Commenting on the commencement of the project, Martina Connaughton, Senior Executive Engineer said, “Galway County Council welcomes the commencement of this crucial project which is being progressed by Irish Water with the support of Galway County Council’s Capital Team. The upgrade works to the wastewater treatment plant will help to preserve the wonderful amenity of the Bunowen River and its hinterland while allowing for the sustainable development of a thriving community in Ahascragh.”

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan where works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s business plan. 

Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.