Thursday, 17 April 2014

Questions (172)

Derek Nolan

Question:

172. Deputy Derek Nolan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when the upgraded sewage treatment plant will be delivered for a town (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18317/14]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Athenry Sewerage Scheme was included as two contracts to commence construction in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2013. The scheme provides for the upgrade of the network and wastewater treatment plant at an estimated cost of over €11.6 million.

Since 1 January 2014, Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of water services capital infrastructure. It is currently preparing a Capital Investment Plan for 2014 – 2016 that will provide for the transition of projects included in the Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2013. The further progression of all water services capital projects, including the Athenry Sewerage Scheme, is now a matter for Irish Water.

Galway County Council submitted a brief for the appointment of Consultants for the Design, Contract Procurement and Construction Stages for the Athenry Sewerage Scheme in November, 2013. However, it was not possible for my Department to finalise its examination of the Council’s submission prior to the transfer of responsibility for the delivery of water services capital infrastructure to Irish Water on 1 January 2014. Irish Water has confirmed to my Department that it has established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives. The team can be contacted via an email to oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on 1890 278 278.