Tunnelling under way on Irish water project

25 September 2023

Tunnelling works have commenced on the wastewater upgrade in Athlone, in Co Westmeath, Ireland.

Once complete, the addition of 2.8km of new sewers will improve water quality in the River Shannon and reduce the risk of sewer flooding to homes and businesses.

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Eunan Canavan, portfolio manager at Uisce Éireann (formerly Irish Water) said the €114m investment was a landmark project for Athlone.

“The project itself is one of the largest capital investments by Uisce Éireann to date and will bring numerous benefits to the local community and environment. It is a massive undertaking for us and our delivery partners, and today marks another major milestone as tunnelling works are now under way, which takes us one step closer to ensuring that wastewater is adequately treated and meets appropriate standards before being safely discharged to the environment,” he said.