In total, John Gormley, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, revealed Euro 16.5 million for new water management facilities in the area.

What’s more, the minister said that he was set to give Galway City Council approval to proceed with planning for substantial upgrading works at the New Terryland Water Treatment Plant. These alone will cost Euro 3.6 million.

The package of measures was revealed in the aftermath of the cryptosporidium outbreak in the city in 2007.

“Thankfully, a safe drinking water supply has been in place in Galway for the last six months,” Mr Gormley said.

“The works I am now approving will allow an extra 20,000 cubic metres of water a day to be treated at the New Terryland Plant, which will reduce the city’s dependency on the supply from Luimnagh and help cater for the city’s medium-term needs.”

In conclusion, the Minister said that water management schemes were being put in place across the country.

“The conservation of water is becoming increasingly important,” he pointed out.

James Cooper

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