Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, has commenced work to upgrade the sewer network in Kinvara, Co Galway. The project, which started on Monday, April 25, will mark an end to the discharge of untreated wastewater into the sea.

Kinvara is one of the 44 towns in Ireland where untreated sewage is discharged directly into the sea. Once these works are completed all the raw sewage in the town will be collected and directed to the new wastewater treatment plant. The treated wastewater will then be safely discharged to Kinvara Bay via the new marine outfall pipe. This will result in the improvement of water quality at bathing waters in the estuary ensuring compliance with the Bathing Water and Urban Wastewater Treatment Directives.

While the much-needed treatment plant is currently under construction, a second contract for upgrade works on the wastewater collection network in the town commenced this week.

  • On Monday April 25, preparatory work in fields between the village and the Wastewater Treatment Plant began.
  • On Tuesday April 26, works commenced in the village which will entail locating existing property connections and services.
  • Main pipe-laying works are scheduled for May 9 from the Pier Head to the Gort Road and are expected to be complete by the end of June. No works will be carried out on this section in the months of July and August.
  • At the start of July works will commence on pipe-laying between Delamayne Lodge and the Pier Head. At the same time there will be on-going works off-road near the WWTP site.
  • All pipe-laying works as well as temporary road reinstatement are scheduled to be completed before the end of 2016 with permanent reinstatement to follow in early 2017.

During the works traffic restrictions will be in place however local access will be maintained.

Irish Water and Galway County Council acknowledge the patience, co-operation and assistance of the general public during the period of the works and greatly regrets any inconvenience caused to householders, the farming and the business community.

The works when completed will provide the flexibility to deal with population growth in the area, allow for increasing tourist numbers and provide capacity for industrial and commercial development.

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