Event marked the official opening of Oughterard Wastewater Treatment Plant

To celebrate the official opening of the Oughterard Wastewater Treatment Plant following an investment of €4.2 million by Irish Water, local school children got involved in some fun and educational activities to learn more about the story of water and the significance of this new facility for their town.

School children from St Annin’s National School in Rosscahill published an eight-page newspaper entitled The Irish Tides which details in a fun and informative way why water is an essential resource. Themes include water tourism; water treatment - where does it go; water conservation; a history of water treatment; and the water cycle; as well as fun facts, quizzes and experiments.

Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development Seán Kyne TD launched the newspaper during a special visit to the school.

Students enjoyed a tour of the newly commissioned plant

Separately, students from Oughterard National School enjoyed a tour of the newly commissioned wastewater treatment plant. At the plant they learned about the importance of treating and discharging wastewater in compliance with Irish and European regulations. They also heard that one of the major benefits of the new plant is that it will 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.

The Story of Water – From Source to Tap

The students watched the newly produced video The Story of Water – From Source to Tap which takes viewers through the complex process involved in treating water to ensure it is safe to drink by the time it comes out of the kitchen tap. The video describes the water treatment process, how water is transformed from its raw state in rivers, lakes and underground aquafers to a safe drinking supply for homes, schools and businesses.

Commenting on the importance of these educational events Regional Information Specialist, Sean Corrigan, said “Many people working for Irish Water work and live in the communities that they grew up in. They understand the important role that water plays in everyday life. Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of water services to approximately 80 per cent of the population. While many customers receive a good quality water supply and wastewater provision, there is a lot of work to be done to bring all supplies into compliance.

Water is critical for human health, the production of food and for industrial activity

“Water is one of the most essential resources on earth, critical for human health, the production of food and for industrial activity. The provision of clean drinking water and the disposal of wastewater in a manner that protects the environment is vital to our daily lives, and for economic and social development, which is why these events are critical for educating and informing our future generations about the severe stress our water services are under.”

Irish Water is proud to be investing in our communities across Ireland through our programmes, campaigns and sponsorships. For more information and to see how you can get involved, visit our Community section.

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