Irish Water will submit a planning application to Galway County Council next week for the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant and pumping station and associated pipelines at Mountkelly, Glenamaddy as part of the upgrade to the Glenamaddy Sewerage Scheme.

The new plant is badly needed to replace the old, existing plant that is overloaded and discharging partly treated effluent into a special area of conservation.

The works will provide for a design capacity of 700 population equivalent (p.e.). The existing wastewater treatment plant serving Glenamaddy Town is operating above its design capacity of 300 p.e. and is located in an area prone to flooding.

The proposed works which include works on the existing sewer network will cater for the current and future needs of the town.

Colm Boyd, Irish Water Wastewater Treatment Programmes Regional Lead commented: “Irish Water is working in partnership with Galway County Council to deliver the Glenamaddy Sewerage Scheme Project. Partially treated effluent from the existing wastewater treatment plant discharges to the Glenamaddy Turlough which is a candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC). The proposed improvements to the scheme through the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant will improve the final treated effluent quality, reduce the risk of ground water pollution and significantly reduce the impact that the existing wastewater treatment plant is currently having on the Lough Lurgeen Bog/Glenamaddy Turlough cSAC.”

Irish Water has already invested significantly in this project in the development of the proposed design solution. The overall cost of the project is estimated at €2.5 million.
The proposed works will be designed and constructed as a Design Build Contract.
Once submitted, the planning application may be inspected at the offices of the Planning Authority (Galway County Council) and accessed online at

This project forms part of Irish Water’s ongoing investment in Ireland’s water and wastewater services with plans to spend €532 million in this area in 2016. This investment by Irish Water will address the greatest deficiencies in Ireland’s water infrastructure and work is being prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s recently published Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.


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