Works will improve the current performance of the plant and to help meet needs of growing population

Irish Water completed operational upgrade works at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant on Monday, 28 November 2016. The precautionary Do Not Swim notifications have now been lifted at Dollymount Strand, Merrion Strand, Sandymount Beach, Shelleybanks and Half Moon.

The works at the Ringsend Plant will improve its current performance and help meet the needs of the growing population. These are interim measures being undertaken in advance of Irish Water progressing with a project to seek planning permission to upgrade the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The Ringsend plant is currently operating over the capacity it was designed for. Irish Water intends to apply to An Bord Pleanála in 2017 for permission to upgrade and expand the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project upgrade is vital to provide future capacity at the plant and to ensure that the Greater Dublin Area has appropriate wastewater treatment facilities to enable continued social and economic development.

The works undertaken now will ensure that the treatment plant continues to perform well while Irish Water progresses that application. 

The improvement works were carried out at a pumping station within the plant. These works will enable improved control of the wastewater flows to the treatment tanks in the plant thereby improving final effluent quality.

To undertake the works, an overflow of preliminary treated wastewater was discharged into the sea for short durations. The discharges were essential to divert the flow from the inlet works at the plant to allow staff to safely access a deep well pumping station within the plant.

Irish Water undertook a detailed assessment of the required works and reviewed a variety of options to facilitate these works. The overflow to facilitate the works was screened, and underwent preliminary treatment to minimise the impact of the works on the public and the environment. 

Precautionary Do Not Swim notifications were in place at the bathing areas at Dollymount Strand, Merrion Strand, Sandymount Beach, Shelleybanks and Half Moon while the work took place. These essential works have been delayed until after the official bathing season to reduce the disruption to the public who carryout water sports or swim at these locations.

Details of the planned overflows were communicated to the relevant stakeholders, clubs and other users who carry out recreational activity at Dollymount Strand, Merrion Strand, Sandymount Beach, Shelley banks and the Half Moon bathing area. This information was also issued on the Irish Water website and social media channels and electronic signs have been updated at Dollymount Strand and Sandymount Beach

Irish Water apologises for any inconvenience that this planned short term disruption may have caused to the bathers and users of Dollymount Strand, Merrion Strand, Sandymount Beach, Shelley banks and the Half Moon bathing area and thank them for their patience while this work was carried out.

For more information, please contact our customer care team on 1850 278 278.

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