Irish Water has announced details of a €4.2 million investment in the Oughterard Sewerage Scheme in Co Galway. The project, which will see the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant, will increase the capacity of the current treatment facility to facilitate future growth in population and economic development in the area. It will also improve water quality in the Owenriff River and Lough Corrib, areas of ecological importance as one of the most important freshwater pearl mussel rivers in Ireland.

Glan Agua Limited will carry out the works on behalf of Irish Water with work due to commence in August 2016 and set to take 12 months to complete.

The existing wastewater treatment plant, which was originally constructed in the early 1970s, caters for a population of 500. But the new facility, which will be built on a greenfield site adjacent to the existing plant, will cater for a population equivalent of 2,400.

This project will ensure that wastewater is treated and discharged in compliance with the Urban Wastewater Treatment Regulations 2001, and conditions as set out in the EPA’s Wastewater Discharge Licence.

Commenting on the investment Colm Boyd, Irish Water’s Asset Programmes Regional Lead North West said: “The upgrading of the Oughterard Wastewater Treatment Plant will bring far reaching benefits to this thriving town located at the gateway to Connemara. The long overdue investment will result in the construction of a state of the art treatment plant which will facilitate future growth whilst protecting the environmentally sensitive receiving waters of the Owenriff River and Lough Corrib. The construction of a modern treatment plant which will treat wastewater to the highest standards is of vital importance in protecting and maintaining water quality for the benefit of the local community and the many tourists that visit the area.”

The local community will be notified in advance of the works commencing and provided with contact details should they have any questions.

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan where over €530 million will be invested in upgrading water services in 2016 to improve the country’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s recently published Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.

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