Substantial water infrastructure investment


News that over €37 million is to be spent upgrading water supply systems throughout County Galway over the next two years was welcomed this week by East Galway T.D. Paul Connaughton.
‘Irish Water today revealed their proposed capital investment plan 2014 – 2016, which includes eight schemes across the county. Construction is to commence on the Loughrea Regional Water Supply Scheme Network, while planning will continue for the treatment plant in Loughrea, as well as planning for the Ballinasloe Regional Water Supply Scheme, which will take areas such as Ahascragh, Ballinasloe and Kilconnell.
‘A large number of wastewater treatment schemes are needed across the country and those identified for work in County Galway over the next two years include the beginning of construction work in Kinvara, Athenry, Ballygar, Glenamaddy, Mountbellew and Milltown. A number of waste water treatment plants which have failed EPA monitoring have also been identified, with persistent failures identified in Ballygar, Mountbellew and Moylough and capital investment is also needed in the short term to address these shortcomings.
‘This announcement represents very significant investment in water infrastructure in County Galway and will address problems which have persisted for many years. Almost €6.2 million has been earmarked for water supply projects in the county, along with €31.4 million for wastewater treatment projects, which will help address years of underspending on the water network in the county and will ensure that householders across county Galway have a clean and safe drinking water supply.’