Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and wastewater services throughout Ireland, today announced details of a pilot study it is launching to prevent the damaging effects of fats, oils and greases in the wastewater network in Galway City.

Fats, Oils and Greases (FOG) in the wastewater network can solidify and cause blockages. FOG blockages can contribute to foul odours, flooding of premises and disruption due to associated clean-up.

The initial study will cover the areas between Bohermore to Sea Road and Salthill. These locations have the highest density of food service establishments in the City. Irish Water is carrying out the study in conjunction with Galway City Council (GCC).

Commenting on the study, Sean Corrigan, Regional Information Officer for the West and North regions at Irish Water said, ‘Galway City Council previously initiated this project on the basis of EPA recommendations in relation to odour problems in the City. Irish Water, in partnership with GCC, is happy to now bring the project to fruition by engaging with the business community in order provide information on how best to manage the issue of FOG.’

‘The presence of FOG can have an adverse impact not only on tourism but the consequential costs involved for businesses in FOG clean-ups and resulting flood damage, can amount to hundreds of thousands of Euros; a result that can have a devastating impact on small and medium enterprises. By working together with local business owners and informing them of how they can manage this issue, Irish Water aims to help them mitigate any negative affects on their business.’

The pilot study will be rolled-out through community engagement in the month of June. Information gathered as part of the study will be used to launch a FOG reduction and licensing programme starting in September. Irish Water will work in partnership with local businesses to monitor, license and control discharges to the sewer. Similar FOG programmes have been successful in other urban centres, such as Dublin City and Limerick City.

Invitation letters are currently going out to owners of food service establishments in the City Centre (Bohermore to Sea Road) and Salthill areas to a briefing session with Irish Water on FOG. If you wish to attend, please confirm your interest to galwayfog@water.ie

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