Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway city and county councils are continuing to carry out survey work as they prepare for the installation of domestic water metering.
It’s part of a national transition to Irish Water from all 34 local authorities for the delivery of water and wastewater services to homes and businesses.
In the city, a three-person team started survey work last month (July) to identify areas where water meters are located or are not yet installed.
A spokesperson for the city council says it’s now just over 12 percent of the way through this process with a total of 25 thousand 300 homes to be surveyed.
A 2 percent ‘not found’ rate has so far been reported, significantly less than the national average of between 12 to 15 percent.
In the county, survey work began at an earlier stage and is continuing with progress running at almost 40 percent.
A total of 38 thousand households are to be surveyed before year end.
The ‘not found’ rate to date stands at 15 percent which is expected to reduce with further checks.
Boil water notice issued for Barna area
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes
The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.
The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.
The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.
Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.
Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.
Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.
In line with HSE COVID-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.
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County planners back Renville sports facility after second bid to bring amenity to Oranmore
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Permission has been secured to build a major sports facility at Renville West in Oranmore.
The project has received the green light from county planners, after a second bid to bring the amenity to Oranmore, led by Renville Sports Project Committee.
The plan would involve a looped amenity walkway throughout the site and connectivity to the existing amenity walkways at Rinville Park and also a public playground area.
It provides for three grassed playing pitches, one all weather synthetic playing pitch and three warm up or training areas as well as site lighting.
There will also be a covered terrace, a single storey toilet block and a hurling wall.
Under the plan, car parking is provided for up to 234 vehicles as well as six coach spaces and 184 bicycle parking spaces.
There will also be changes to provide vehicular and pedestrian access onto a local road, to the south of the site, to serve the proposed development and to provide for revised access to serve the existing public car parks.
County planners have given the project their backing with 14 conditions attached.
One states the the use of the all weather pitch is not to extend beyond 10pm.
The use of floodlights is restricted to from 9am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, and from 9am to 9pm on Sundays and public holidays.
The Tureen stream is also to be fenced off from the site works.
In June 2020, An Bord Pleanála refused a former application for the development due to concerns over traffic hazard issues.