Athenry wastewater treatment plant
Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council, Cllr. Eileen Mannion and Minister Ciaran Cannon with members of Galway County Council, Irish Water, Ward & Burke LTD, RPS Group and Athenry Tidy Towns

A contractor has been appointed by Irish Water and the sod has been turned on the upgrade of the Athenry Wastewater Treatment Plant in Co Galway. When complete, it will provide increased capacity for commercial and population growth in the town.  Response Engineering Limited, owned by local firm, Ward and Burke Ltd., working in partnership with Galway County Council, will deliver the project.

These works represent an investment of €5m by Irish Water. They will ensure that the wastewater effluent discharged to the River Clarin is compliant with the discharge licence and environmental regulations.

The upgrade will also increase the capacity of the plant from the current 6,000 population equivalent to 9,500 ensuring increased capacity to facilitate future population growth and commercial development in the town.

Turning the sod today, Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council, Cllr Eileen Mannion, said “This much-needed upgrade spells good news for residents and businesses in Athenry. The town can now look forward to having the wastewater capacity for growth and development which is good news in terms of job retention and creation.”

Commenting on this necessary upgrade, Colm Boyd, Irish Water’s Infrastructure Programme Regional Lead, said “The project is required to ensure that the wastewater treatment facilities for Athenry meet the requirements of the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive and the EPA’s Wastewater Discharge Licence. This project will address the deficiencies identified by the EPA and ensure that wastewater overflows and effluent discharge standards to the River Clarin are compliant with the discharge licence requirements and environmental regulations. 

Also speaking at today’s event was Minister Ciaran Cannon who added “This is a great development for Athenry which will provide very significant additional treatment capacity to allow for the continued growth of Athenry Town.”

The upgrade works include the replacement of defective plant and equipment, including new inlet works, storm water storage, sludge treatment equipment. It will also include the addition of a new treatment stream to provide the additional treatment capacity and improved control systems. Work is due to be complete in early 2019.

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.


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