Irish Water is preparing a long-term National Wastewater Sludge Management Plan (NWSMP) that will outline its 25-year strategy for managing the distribution and recycling of wastewater sludge to ensure high standards nationwide. A 6 week public consultation on the Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Report for the NWSMP, took place in summer 2015. The NWSMP Consultation 1 Report was published today.

As part of Consultation 1, a non-statutory public consultation, Irish Water sought feedback from the public, statutory consultees and interested bodies on the SEA Scoping Report and any additional information, not currently contained in the Scoping Report, that should be considered for the SEA, or any other comments or suggestions that should be considered.

Commenting on the Consultation 1 Feedback Report, Mr. John Casey, Head of Asset Strategy with Irish Water said, “Irish Water wishes to thank those who took the time to make a submission during the first period of consultation for the National Wastewater Sludge Management Plan. We received some valuable feedback from informed stakeholders that will be incorporated into the environmental reports and feed into the development of the draft NWSMP. We look forward to engaging with you further during the next round of statutory consultation in the spring.”

Feedback from Consultation 1 will be reviewed and considered by the project team and relevant feedback will be incorporated into the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) environmental reports. Irish Water will refer to the SEA and AA environmental reports when preparing the Draft National Wastewater Sludge Management Plan.
Later this year, when the Draft NWSMP is prepared it will go on display for an 8-week statutory public consultation, before being reviewed and finalised in the summer.

For more information on our National Wastewater Sludge Management Plan

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