The construction of the new Oughterard Sewerage Scheme Plant will start next month, Irish Water has confirmed to me today.
The new plant is part of a €4.2 million investment in the Oughterard Sewerage Scheme by Irish Water which will increase the capacity of the treatment facility to serve the town and surrounding area.
This funding by Irish Water is very welcome and will greatly improve the waste water services for the community of Oughterard.
The previous plant was built in 1948 to serve a population of 500. The new facility will cater for a population of 2,400 and will reflect the growth of Oughterard in terms of both homes and businesses.
As Minister with responsibility for inland waterways I know that this investment by Irish Water will also improve the quality of water in Lough Corrib and the Owenriff River which are important for tourism-related activities as well as being important sources of drinking water.
Furthermore, the works will be carried out by Glan Agua Limited, a Loughrea-based company which means the investment will also benefit the local Galway economy.