Irish Water is to spend €2.3m to improve the performance of Galway’s wastewater network, protect the environment and facilitate social and economic development over the coming years.

The works include developing Drainage Area Plans for Galway City including Barna and Oranmore which feed into the Galway City network.

Contracts have recently been signed by the utility and RPS Environmental Management Ltd to carry out extensive surveying and mapping of the existing wastewater treatment network in these areas.

The information gathered from this project will enable Irish Water to identify areas where urgent repair or upgrade work is required and to effectively plan its investment in the wastewater treatment network so that maximum value for money can be achieved while also protecting the environment, preventing sewer flooding and facilitating future population and economic growth.

The works will involve using CCTV to survey and assess the condition of over 42km of sewers, mapping an estimated 2,000 manholes, and monitoring the wastewater and rainwater flows in the network.

The surveys, which will get underway this month, will be focused on key areas such as flooding locations, pumping stations and wastewater treatment plants, areas of predicted future growth and locations experiencing operational issues at present.

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