Plans progressing to end discharge of raw sewage

Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council is progressing plans to build a much-needed wastewater treatment plant in Roundstone which will end the discharge of the equivalent of 645 wheelie bins of raw sewage into Roundstone Bay every day.

As part of the project three new underground pumping stations will also be built to transfer wastewater from the network to the new plant. Wastewater from the village is currently collected in the existing sewer system and is discharged with no treatment in three separate locations into Roundstone Bay.

New plant to serve approximately 1,000 people

The new plant, which will serve a population of approximately 1,000 people, will end the unacceptable practice of discharging raw sewage into Roundstone Bay. It will improve the quality of water in the bay and ensure the treated wastewater is in compliance with Urban Wastewater Treatment Regulations 2001 and the EPA Wastewater Discharge Licence. The newly upgraded scheme will also allow for growth and development in Roundstone and surrounding areas. 

To progress the project Irish Water has published a Compulsory Purchase Order for lands required to deliver the new scheme.

Why is this needed?

Commenting on the project, Colm Boyd, Irish Water’s Infrastructure Regional Lead said “The discharge of untreated wastewater threatens water quality, is a risk to aquatic ecosystems and detracts from the amenity value of the bay. Action is required to stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into these receiving waters.

“Consultations have been on-going with all landowners identified on the proposed scheme. Irish Water was unable to acquire consent for all of the required wayleaves and lands on a voluntary basis. Given the importance of the project to environmental protection and public health, Irish Water will now endeavour to acquire the wayleaves and lands by way of Compulsory Purchase Order pursuant to the provisions of the Water Services Act, 2007 (as amended). Irish Water has submitted the Compulsory Purchase Order to An Bord Pleanála.”

Investment plan

In addition to the land acquisition process, Irish Water will be seeking planning permission for the Roundstone Sewerage Scheme from Galway County Council in 2020. The timeline for the commencement of works is subject to the Compulsory Purchase Order and Planning approvals.

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

More information

For further information on projects in Galway and your local area visit our Projects and Plans section.


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