Residents and businesses in Carraroe, Co Galway are enjoying the best quality drinking water that has ever been supplied to this area. This follows an investment of approximately €1 million by Irish Water, in partnership with Galway County Council.

To demonstrate the works that were carried out in the area, Irish Water hosted a community open day at the Carraroe Water Treatment Plant today, Friday 7 April. Engineers were on hand to answer questions regarding the €1 million investment by Irish Water in the Carraroe water supply.

Works at the treatment plant were finished ahead of schedule and led to the lifting of the boil water notice which was in place from March to September 2016. The programme of works included modification of the existing water treatment plant and increased controls in the treatment process which has addressed water quality issues in the area. As a result of the works, which were carried out on behalf of Irish Water by EPS Group and Tobin Consulting Engineers, the treatment plant now meets all drinking water regulations.

Irish Water and Galway County Council has acknowledged the patience, cooperation and assistance of the general public during the period of the boil water notice and greatly regrets any inconvenience caused to householders, the farming and the business communities.

Speaking at the event, Irish Water’s Regional Information Specialist, Sean Corrigan, said “Irish Water acknowledged that there were problems with the quality of drinking water in Carraroe. Listening to the local community these were problems that existed for over 30 or 40 years. The old treatment plant was not designed to adequately treat the sometimes sudden changes in the raw water source in Carraroe and major investment was required to modify and upgrade the plant to ensure the water met all drinking water regulations.

This upgraded treatment plant has eradicated the THM problem, enabled the lifting of the Boil Water Notice, saw the removal of the Carraroe water supply scheme from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL) and ensures a good source of drinking water for the people of Carraroe. The newly upgraded treatment plant is a robust solution to a long standing problem.

Homes and businesses in Carraroe and surrounding areas are now benefiting from improved drinking water quality and security of supply that is meeting current demand and future needs.”

Adding to this, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Seán Kyne TD, added: “We cannot take for granted the importance of a safe and reliable supply of water which this investment by Irish Water has provided for the people of Carraroe. Carraroe is well and truly open for business and we look forward to seeing this area prosper and grow and this growth will not be hindered by an inadequate water supply.

As well as being beneficial for current consumers, this new treatment plant will greatly benefit the future economic and population development of the area."

The €1 million investment has also been welcomed by Comharchumann Mhic Dara. Speaking on behalf of the organisation, Sean O Domhnaill said “Comharchumann Mhic Dara welcomes the investment by Irish Water that ensures that the people and businesses of An Cheathrú Rua are receiving  a secure and reliable source of drinking water. After 50 years demanding this basic right, this investment will ensure that current and future economic and population demands are met.”

As well as the upgrade of the Carraroe Water Treatment Plant, the watermain installation works between An Cheathrú Rua and Béal a’ Daingin as part of a €7 million investment in the rehabilitation and replacement of approximately 19kms of watermains across County Galway, has been completed.

Outstanding works include snagging and final road instatement which are expected to be completed by June 2017 (weather permitting) once the six month consolidation period has elapsed and are part of the original contract. This six month consolidation period is in place to allow any potential settlement of the trench to cease.

The overall contract for the county-wide project was awarded to Carty Contractors and includes works in Carraroe, Spiddal, Inishmore and Loughrea to benefit 16,000 consumers in these areas.

The project will improve security of supply by strengthening and reinforcing the water networks, reducing leakage and disruptions to supply and improving water quality. The project will also include the replacement of service connections to properties currently served by shared water mains located in the backyard of properties.

The Carraroe section of the project is complete bar the snagging and road reinstatement works and has been delivered with no major cost over runs.

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