NUI Galway Water Research Facility opens


8 Feb 2010

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.

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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