€9.7 million investment will protect South Beach Rush benefiting over 9,000 residents and Fingal’s tourist industry

Irish Water today marked the official start of works on the €9.7 million collection network of wastewater pipes for Rush, Co. Dublin. Irish Water and Senator James Reilly turned the sod at Rush South Beach this morning.

The new network of wastewater pipes will benefit over 9,000 residents, tourists and the environment in Rush and will significantly improve the bathing water at South Beach Rush by stopping the discharge of untreated wastewater into the sea. 

The project includes the construction of a new network of wastewater pipes to collect wastewater from existing outfalls and overflows to the foreshore at Rush and transfer onwards to the existing wastewater treatment plant at Portrane. Three new pumping stations will also be constructed at South Shore, North Beach and East Shore, Rush. The project is expected to take two years to complete.

Commenting on the announcement, Michael Tinsley, Asset Programmes Manager, Irish Water, said “This new collection network of wastewater pipes will bring far reaching benefits for Rush and Fingal. This much needed project will eliminate the discharge of raw sewage into the sea in Rush and has been a top priority for Irish Water since it took over the responsibility for water and wastewater services in January 2014. The construction of a collection network of wastewater pipes which will transfer the wastewater from Rush to the existing wastewater treatment plant at Portrane is of vital importance in protecting and maintaining water quality for the benefit of the local community and the many tourists that visit the area. We are pleased today to officially mark the start of the project with this sod turning event”. 

Senator James Reilly, who turned the sod at Rush South Beach today, added “The construction of the new network of wastewater pipes and pumping stations for Rush is a hugely important milestone in the history of the town. The people of Rush have waited for many years for this day and as a local Senator I’m very pleased to have played a part in its delivery. I welcome the positive impact this work will have on allowing for long-awaited infill development in the area and on making our beautiful beach safe again for the residents of Rush and tourists alike.’

Councillor Eithne Loftus, Deputy Mayor of Fingal, said: “This €9.7million investment by Irish Water will have enormous benefits for the community, the environment and the future development of Rush. It is encouraging to note that this investment in Rush is also reflected elsewhere in the county as Irish Water continues to progress similar schemes throughout Fingal. These schemes are vital to ensure that Fingal continues to meet the challenges of rapid population growth within the county in a sustainable way.” 

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan where over €532 million will be invested in upgrading services in 2016 to improve the country’s water and wastewater infrastructure. The Irish Water Business Plan has earmarked almost €2 billion in improving wastewater quality and capacity up to 2021.


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