A €6.4million upgrade to the Mutton Island Wastewater Treatment Plant will double its capacity, equipping it to cater for a population of 170,000 for the next twenty years.
The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government has approved the funding and Galway City Council are at the final stages of procurement.
Work on the upgrade will start by the end of the year as soon as the contract is signed but there will be no interruption to the service and the works will go mostly unnoticed to the general population.
Some heavy machinery will be used to transport some materials to Mutton Island during the construction period.
Ciarán Hayes, Director of Services for Infrastructure said that the upgrade would bring the treatment plant to its maximum capacity and would serve the city for the next two decades.
“We will be operating within the existing footprint of the plant and the upgrade will involve the installation of additional and improved equipment.
“When we got the original licence for the treatment plant it was for a capacity population of 91,000,” he said.
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan in announcing funding for the upgrade said the scope of the works included the upgrade of the existing Wastewater Treatment Plant at Mutton Island to meet increased loading over a 20 year period.
“The financial support from my Department for this project reflects the commitment for continuing investment in our wastewater schemes to ensure that the discharges into our rivers, lakes and coastal water meets the highest international standards.
“This approval will allow the City Council complete tender formalities with the successful tender with a view to work starting on the contract as quickly as possible,” he said.
The announcement was welcomed by Deputy Brian Walsh, who described the project as a major infrastructural undertaking that would benefit Galway in the short-term and provide for its development and growth in the years ahead.
“The rapid growth of the city and its environs in recent times has put a significant strain on the existing wastewater system, which is fast approaching its design capacity.
“The provision of funding for this project is a major step for Galway that will not only create jobs and serve to stimulate the economy in the short term, but it will also facilitate projected commercial, residential and industrial growth into the future,” he said.
Senator Hildegarde Naughton also welcomed the announcement adding that it was critical to the future development of tourism, investment and jobs in the city and region.
Connacht Tribune tributes to loved ones
These past few months have seen so many communities left to silently mourn family members and friends, whose funerals they would have attended in such numbers, were it not for the current Covid-19 restrictions.
But those that are gone have not been, and will not be, forgotten – which is why we want to open the pages of the Connacht Tribune to you to tell their stories.
If you’ve lost a loved one, whether to Covid-19 or not, or if your community or organization or sports club is mourning the death of a valued member and friend, you can email us your tribute and we will publish it in our papers.
All you have to do it to click on the above link, and it will take you to a short set of questions which you can fill in – and then add whatever you feel tells the story of the life of your friend, family member or colleague.
You can email that with a photograph to us, to email@example.com or you can post it to ‘Obituaries’, Connacht Tribune, 21 Liosban Business Park – and please enclose a contact number in case we have any queries.
We sympathise with anyone who has lost a loved one at this awful time, particularly given that so many people were unable to mourn with them and their family in person – and we hope that this will help in some small way to show those family members that we are all united in grief, even from a distance.
This is an additional feature we are providing alongside our long-established weekly Family Notices section where loved ones are remembered immediately by Months Mind Notices and annual anniversary remembrances. You can contact our team for further details at firstname.lastname@example.org
WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!
Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.
A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.
Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.
Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down.
The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.
Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.
Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.
However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.
“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.
Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.
Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.
“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.
There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.