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€5m Kinvara Treatment Plant officially opened

Wednesday, 17th May, 2017 1:01am

The Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney was in Kinvara on Friday to officially open the new Kinvara Wastewater Treatment Plant, which was constructed following an investment of €5.1 million by Irish Water.

Works on the Kinvara Sewerage Scheme involved the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant and upgrades to the Kinvara wastewater collection network. Kinvara was one of 44 locations in Ireland where untreated wastewater was discharged directly into the sea and the opening of this new plant has put an end to this unacceptable practice.

The result of these works is an improvement in water quality at bathing waters in Kinvara Bay, along with the ability of the plant to cater for population and economic growth in the area while allowing for increased tourist numbers during peak season.

The benefits of these works, which were carried out by Response Engineering Ltd in partnership with Irish Water and Galway County Council, also include the effective discharge of treated effluent owing to the installation of the new marine outfall pipe as well as increased capacity of the drainage network in the town.

Speaking at the opening, Councillor Joe Byrne, Leas Cathaoirleach, Galway County Council and a Kinvara resident said: “Today marks the end of over 40 years of campaigning locally for this facility to be provided and it is a most significant day for the future opportunities of this village. “A village on the Wild Atlantic Way, it will afford the community and indeed tourists the opportunity to engage in water activities, generate additional business for the village and provide the capacity to provide additional residential units. I would like to thank all the local businesses, in particular those who put up with serious inconvenience during the network phase of works, in the spirit that short term pain would lead to long term gain.”

Separately, Irish Water is also working on proposals to connect a number of private housing developments to the Kinvara Sewerage Scheme. Irish Water will proceed with these works after the peak tourist period in order to avoid traffic disruption.

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