Irish Water is progressing a €9.7 million investment in the Rush Wastewater Collection Network Scheme. This investment will significantly improve the bathing water quality at South Beach in Rush benefiting locals, tourists and visitors to the area.

On Wednesday, 10 August, Irish Water published confirmation of the Compulsory Purchase Order to acquire the necessary land at South Shore Rush, Palmer Road,  Farran’s Lane, Skerries Road,  Whitetown Road and Tower Street in Rush. This will facilitate the construction of the new infrastructure to collect and transfer wastewater from existing outfalls and overflows to the foreshore and onwards to the new wastewater treatment plant at Portrane.

A contract to begin the project in Rush which involves constructing extensive pipelines and a new pumping stations is expected to be awarded in the coming weeks. Construction on the project is expected to take two years to complete.

Commenting on the announcement, Michael Tinsley, Asset Programmes Manager at Irish Water said “Irish Water is committed to investing in the wastewater treatment infrastructure at South Beach in Rush to provide a cleaner environment for Rush and the wider community. The granting of the Compulsory Purchase Order will enable us to continue to progress this priority project.  It is vital that the discharging of raw sewage directly into the environment is eliminated and this €9.7million investment in the wastewater treatment infrastructure will address the issue at South Beach.”

Irish Water invested €340 million in improving water and wastewater services in 2014 and over €410 million in improving services during 2015. Irish Water plans to spend €522 million to address the major deficits in Ireland’s drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and repairing the most critical infrastructure in need of urgent investment in 2016.

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