New plant will end the discharge of untreated wastewater to Kinvara Bay

The Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney TD was in Kinvara today to officially open the new Kinvara Wastewater Treatment Plant which was built following an investment of €5.1 million by Irish Water.

Minister Simon Coveney TD at the launch of the new wastewater treatment facilities in Enniscorthy

Works on the Kinvara Sewerage Scheme involved the building of a new wastewater treatment plant and upgrades to the Kinvara wastewater collection network. Kinvara was one of 44 locations in Ireland where untreated wastewater was discharged directly into the sea and the opening of this new plant has put an end to this harmful practice.

These works will improve water quality at bathing waters in Kinvara Bay. This includes the ability of the plant to cater for population and economic growth in the area while allowing for increased tourist numbers during peak season.

Speaking at today’s official opening, Seamus Granahan, Irish Water’s Regional Asset Operations Manager said “We are delighted to be here today with Galway County Council and Minister Simon Coveney to mark the official opening of this state of the art wastewater treatment plant. This marks the end of the harmful practice of discharging untreated wastewater to the sea in this beautiful and scenic area.

As there wasn’t any previous level of treatment in Kinvara, a new wastewater treatment plant was essential for the long term growth of Kinvara Town and its environs. The building of the new wastewater treatment plant being opened today is part of Irish Water’s project to eliminate all untreated wastewater discharges going forward.”

Minister Coveney added “This is a highly significant day for the residents and businesses of Kinvara. The works carried out by Irish Water will now provide the flexibility to deal with population growth in the area. It will allow for increasing tourist numbers and provide capacity for industrial and commercial growth as well as ensuring that the treatment of wastewater meets all EU and Irish regulations.”

The benefits of these works, carried out by Response Engineering Ltd in partnership with Irish Water and Galway County Council, also include the effective discharge of treated effluent. This is due to the installation of the new marine outfall pipe as well as increased capacity of the drainage network in the town.

Speaking at today’s official opening, Councillor Joe Byrne, Leas Cathaoirleach, Galway County Council and a Kinvara resident said “Today marks the end of over 40 years of campaigning locally for this facility to be provided and it is a most significant day for the future opportunities of this village.

A village on the Wild Atlantic Way, it will afford the community and indeed tourists the opportunity to engage in water activities, generate additional business for the village and provide the capacity to provide additional residential units. I would like to thank all the local businesses, in particular those who put up with serious inconvenience during the network phase of works, in the spirit that short term pain would lead to long term gain.”

Separately, Irish Water is also working on proposals to connect a number of private housing developments to the Kinvara Sewerage Scheme. Irish Water will proceed with these works after the peak tourist period in order to avoid traffic disruption.

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan where 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.

For more information, view the Irish Water Business Plan.


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