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Irish Water submits CPO for Loughrea project

Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council has submitted a compulsory purchase order (CPO) notice to An Bord Pleanala for the delivery of the Tuam Regional Water Supply Scheme, which involves an extension to Loughrea.

The CPO if confirmed is for lands relating to the construction of a new water storage reservoir and associated networks in Craughwell, Roo, Lecarrow, Moyveela and Oran Beg.

If confirmed, the CPO will authorise Irish Water to acquire the land, permanent wayleave and permanent right of way and temporary working areas required for this project.

The project is intended to improve drinking water quality and security of supply to approximately 6,000 people in Loughrea Town and the surrounding areas.

The first phase of the project will involve the following:

  • Construction of approximately 20km of water mains from Carrowmonesh in Oranmore to Seefin Reservoir site located near Loughrea Town.
  • Construction of a new 1,000m³ reservoir at Seefin.
  • Provision of four new pumping stations in Derrydonnell, Seefin, Lake Road and Knockanaima.
  • Decommissioning of two existing water treatment plants in Loughrea.

The proposed works will take place along the local, regional and national roads between Oranmore and Loughrea.

Consultations have been ongoing with all landowners identified on the proposed scheme. However, Irish Water was unable to acquire all of the required wayleaves and lands on a voluntary basis. 

If the CPO is confirmed, it is expected that works will commence in early 2019.

Author: Robin Hackett, editor, WWT
Topic: Policy & Regulation
Tags: Ireland , reservoir

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