Athlone is set to benefit from one of the largest investments by Uisce Eireann to date.
€114 million is being invested for the development of the Athlone Main Drainage Project.
The Athlone Main Drainage Project involves the construction of new pumping stations at Golden Island and Coosan West, and almost 3km of new sewers. The existing pumping stations and pipework will be decommissioned and combined sewer overflows will be eliminated at six locations along the River Shannon. These will be replaced by two new stormwater overflows designed to meet current licencing standards, which Irish Water say will improve water quality and safeguard the environment. This investment is in addition to the €5.4 million to upgrade the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O'Brien, welcomed the announcement as a significant step forward for improving water quality in the Shannon.
Works will take place at a number of locations across Athlone including Golden Island, West Bank (The Quay), West Side, Abbey Road, Coosan West, The Strand, Burgess Park, Payne's Lane, and two separate tunneled crossings under the River Shannon.
The project is set to be completed in late 2025.