19 December 2017 Go back to News
Galway City councillors tour the recently upgraded Mutton Island Wastewater Treatment Plant
Plant is among the most modern in Europe following significant investment by Irish Water
Mutton Island Wastewater Treatment Plant is a facility of strategic importance for Galway City and Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway City Council, recently hosted a tour of the upgraded plant for city councillors to demonstrate the improvements and upgrades that have been made to the plant following a €5 million investment by Irish Water.
City Councillor Terry O’Flaherty, who was Mayor of Galway City back in 2004 when the plant was first opened, attended the briefing and welcomed the most recent upgrade.
Following the visit Cllr O’Flaherty commented “I was certainly impressed with what I saw on our tour of the plant, which was described as being among the most modern in Europe when it first opened and was vital in improving the quality of water in Galway Bay and along our beaches. The recent important upgrade, which significantly increased its capacity, was carried out with a minimum of disruption despite the difficulty of the job.
Engineering Project of the Year 2017
The project even won the award for Engineering Project of the Year 2017 at the Irish Building and Design Awards ceremony back in April this year. It has resulted in lower running costs, a reduced environmental impact and improved safety for those working there.”
The plant was originally opened in 2004 and provided for a capacity of 90,000 population equivalent until the €5 million upgrade took place between 2014 and 2015. The plant now boasts increased capacity which will provide ample growth room to cater for the future development plans of Galway City and its environs.
As part of the upgrade project works were carried out at the inlet works and process tanks. The project was carried out by Aecom & SIAC on behalf of Irish Water.
European Green Leaf City for 2017
This visit to Mutton Island took place as part of a month long of events organised by Irish Water and Galway City Council. The events were scheduled to celebrate Galway City’s designation as the European Green Leaf City for 2017.
Kicking off the month was a clean-up of Grattan Beach, Salthill by the Irish Water regional staff and Galway City Council water services staff along with their children during the Hallowe’en break. Staff of Galway Aquarium also brought the group on an exciting beach safari which unearthed some wild and wonderful discoveries.
Tours were also organised to the Terryland Water Treatment Plant, another site of strategic importance for Galway City and surrounding areas.
The Water News
Renowned Galway journalist Bernie Ní Fhlatharta launched a unique new newspaper at the Galway Aquarium. ‘The Water News’, a special edition newspaper was compiled by the sixth class students of Holy Trinity National School, Mervue and the second class students of Merlin Woods National School, Doughiska.
The paper contains articles around the theme of water conservation, outlining why water is important for economic and population growth in Galway City as well as for everyday living and business.
As well as compiling the newspaper the students of Merlin Woods starred in their very own short video about why water is important to them. This video can be viewed on the school’s website as well as on the Irish Water and Galway City Council websites and offers a very real account, through the eyes of Galway’s children, about why water is an essential resource.
All of the activities were organised in collaboration between Irish Water, Galway City Council, Galway Green Leaf, Galway Aquarium, Clean Coasts, and An Taisce.