NUI Galway Water Research Facility opens


8 Feb 2010

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The new NUI Galway Water Research Facility at Tuam, Co Galway, is now officially up and running.

Michael Finneran, Minister for Housing and Local Services and TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim officially opened the facility today, which is a full-scale test bed for novel waste water and water-treatment technologies. It’s located on the site of Tuam Waste Water Treatment Plant.

“With a rising population and increasing requirements for improved water quality, there is a real need to develop and optimise waste-water treatment systems, especially for villages and small towns," said EPA director Laura Burke. "I expect that this facility will play a strong role in developing new indigenous solutions to protect the environment and deliver economic growth.”

A range of NUI Galway research projects on new green technologies are already under way at the Water Research Facility.

Finneran said: "Work funded through the EPA STRIVE Research programme is continuing to deliver new and innovative responses to environmental problems, while also making a significant contribution to the development of Ireland’s smart economy."

The EPA, through its STRIVE Research Programme, and by NUI Galway, provided core funding to establish the facility.

Photo: The new NUI Galway Water Research Facility is to be used as a test bed for novel waste water and water-treatment technologies