Irish Water has provided me with an update on the investment in new waste-water treatment schemes for Claregalway and Milltown:
In partnership with Galway County Council, Irish Water is investing €5.6m in new Wastewater Treatment Schemes for Claregalway and Milltown. 5.2 kilometres of a new foul sewer collection system has been completed and the construction of two new treatment plants is starting this month. The project is expected to be completed by April 2016.
The towns of Claregalway and Milltown currently have no Municipal wastewater treatment facilities and rely on individual treatment systems within housing developments and septic tanks. This has given rise to significant environmental issues and a deterioration of the water quality in the River Clare.
Works will include the construction of two new treatment plants in Claregalway and Milltown, four new pumping stations, the upgrade of 3 existing pumping stations and the connection of housing estates to the new foul sewer collection system which is already in place.
Once completed the project will greatly improve the water quality of the River Clare and protect the conservation objectives of the River Corrib Special Area of Conservation. The treatment capacity of each plant will also meet current and future residential and industrial development. Claregalway is identified in the Galway County Development Plan in the top tier of planned future residential development centres in the county.