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Irish Water has been asked to explain why the Connemara harbour of Roundstone may end up with two wastewater treatment plants in a bid to meet EU water quality standards.

As The Times Ireland edition reports, Bord Pleanála has queried why Irish Water would not work with the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) on its plans for a treatment plant instead of opting for its own separate location.

Roundstone’s existing sewerage scheme dates from 1929, discharging wastewater directly into the sea at three locations.

As Afloat reported in March, Irish Water told residents at an information meeting two years ago that treatment would stop the discharge of the equivalent of “645 wheelie bins” daily of wastewater into the bay.

It explained that a proposed plant designed for a population of 1,000 people would comply with the Urban Wastewater Treatment directive.

Irish Water then sought compulsory acquisition of private land to the north of the village, overlooking inner Roundstone Bay.

An oral hearing on this acquisition application was held by An Bord Pleanála in March of this year.

The State body said if its application for the land was approved, it would then seeking planning permission with a target completion date for construction of 2024.

The King family, who are opposing the compulsory acquisition of their property, have accused Irish Water of a lack of transparency.

Some residents have questioned why Irish Water could not cooperate with the IDA on its plans for a treatment plant on State land to the south of the village.

The residents argue that inner bay site is unsuitable, citing data showing a projected increase in sewage discharge from 86 to 106 cubic metres per day - as in a 23% increase.

Local fisherman Pat Conneely has said that the IDA location would be more suitable on an environmental basis than the proposed inner bay location, given that the latter is tidal.

Roundstone Community Council, which has been campaigning for a treatment plant for 20 years, has said it supports the democratic right of local people to object to the choice of location.

In an eight-page letter to Irish Water, An Bord Pleanála refers to an“inconsistency” in its approach and seeks detailed answers to a series of technical questions which must be received by July 7th.

Bord Pleanála notes that Roundstone is on the Wild Atlantic Way - attracting the second-highest landscape rating in the Galway County development plan - and asks Irish Water to comment on “the potential for alternative sites”.

It also asks Irish Water to comment on a recommendation by RPS Consultants that a site to the south of the village – where the IDA has land – is the “only viable” option.

Irish Water confirmed it had “received a number of queries from An Bord Pleanála” and said “the project team are currently reviewing these queries and will submit detailed responses in the coming months in accordance with the timeline requested”.

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Irish Water has defended its location of a new wastewater treatment for the Connemara village of Roundstone amid local fears it will perpetuate pollution of the inner bay.

As The Times Ireland edition reports, Irish Water is seeking to purchase private land for the treatment plant, instead of opting for land owned by the IDA close to outer Roundstone Bay which residents believe to be more suitable as a deeper water location.

A Bord Pleanála oral hearing into compulsory purchase of land at the north end of the village overlooking inner Roundstone Bay opened this week.

Roundstone’s existing sewerage scheme dating from 1929 and discharges raw wastewater directly into the sea at three locations.

If the compulsory purchase of private lands at the northern end of the village is confirmed, Irish Water says it intends to submit a planning application to Galway County Council for the plant on the north end of the village with a target completion date of 2024.

Irish Water's proposed locations for Roundstone waste water treatment plantIrish Water's proposed locations for Roundstone's wastewater treatment plant

However, residents who did not wish to be named say they cannot understand why Irish Water did not opt for a site at the southern end of the village on IDA lands, closer to deeper water.

They argue the data shows there will be an increase in sewage discharge from 86 to 106 cubic metres per day - as in a 23% increase - at the inner bay site.

An artist's aerial view from north of the proposed new Roundstone pumping stationAn artist's aerial view from north of the proposed new Roundstone pumping station

Local fisherman Pat Conneely said that the IDA location would be more suitable on an environmental basis than the proposed inner bay location would is tidal.

Roundstone Community Council chairman Nicholas Griffin said that it had been campaigning for a treatment plant for 20 years, but supported the democratic right of local people to object to the choice of location.

Irish Water says it is committed to end discharge of untreated waste water.

A site within the IDA lands was “one of the options considered for the Roundstone wastewater treatment plant” but “was not the preferred option following a site selection process”, it says.

IDA Ireland confirmed it recently sought planning permission to upgrade its own waste water treatment plant at its park.

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