New plant will serve a population equivalent of 1,000 people

Irish Water welcomes the grant of permission by Galway County Council for the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant at the site of the existing Údarás na Gaeltacha wastewater treatment plant in Spiddal. 

Increase in the local population and facilitate future growth

The new plant will serve a population equivalent of 1,000 people to accommodate an increase in the local population and will facilitate future growth in the area. Once operational the plant will enhance Spiddal’s amenity value by acting as a platform for social and economic development.

Act as a platform for social and economic development

The new plant will end the discharge of untreated municipal wastewater to Galway Bay by ensuring wastewater receives appropriate treatment. This unacceptable practice is unsustainable and threatens water quality as well as the amenity value of the coastal waters around Spiddal.

Project to be completed by 2021

Subject to the completion of the statutory planning process, the next stage for us will involve site investigation and preparation of tender documents. It is our intention to have the project completed by 2021.

Customers can contact the Irish Water customer care helpline on 1850 278 278 or email if they have any queries.

Irish Water's Business Plan

This project forms part of our investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in our 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.

More Information

For more information on our projects, please visit our Projects and Plans page.


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