Water treatment plant to be upgraded

Major renovation work is to be carried out at the Terryland Water Treatment Plant to help Galway in the supply of its own drinking water.

Currently, the city has to depend upon the Luimnagh plant for much of its drinking water, but an upgrade to the Terryland venue will change this.

Galway City Council has signed a contract worth Euro 3.9m with Response Engineering Ltd to carry out the work, which is expected to produce an extra 20,000 cubic metres of water each day.

The funding for the project has been allocated by Minister for the Environment John Gormley.

He said: “The funding of these works by my department, along with the 19% increase to Euro 560m in the capital funding for new water and sewerage schemes in 2009, reflects the commitment in the Programme for Government that our public drinking water supplies will deliver a reliable service that is 100% compliant with drinking water standards.”

Mr Gormley also recently stated that water “is a very precious resource” and that everything that can be done must be done to “protect and conserve it”.

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