2 September 2019 Go back to News
Surveys carried out of the sewer network in Dundalk and Blackrock as part of Irish Water’s commitment to safeguard Ireland’s waterways
First time surveys of this scale have been carried out in these locations
Irish Water, working in partnership with Louth County Council, has carried out surveys of the sewer network in Dundalk and Blackrock. This is the first time surveys of this scale have been carried out in these locations and will allow Irish Water to assess the capacity, condition and performance level of the sewer network.
Drainage Area Plan for the North-East Region
The survey results will inform the Drainage Area Plan for Dundalk and Blackrock. Irish Water is investing over €1.2million to develop this plan for the North-East Region, which will help to improve the performance of the wastewater network, protect the environment and facilitate social and economic development over the coming years.
The works involved using CCTV to survey over 6 kilometres of sewers, mapping and inspecting pumping stations, an estimated 285 manholes, and monitoring the wastewater and rainwater flows in the network.
Protecting Ireland’s waterways and coastal areas
This work is part of Irish Water’s commitment to protecting Ireland’s waterways and coastal areas and ensuring that the wastewater infrastructure is in place to support population growth and economic development.
Eunan Canavan, Capital Programmes Regional Lead, commented “This work is part of Irish Water’s commitment to safeguard Ireland’s waterways and ensuring that the wastewater infrastructure is in place to support population growth and economic development. Much of the sewer network is in poor condition due to its age. Data gathered from this project will allow us to improve the wastewater treatment network in Dundalk and Blackrock by identifying the areas most urgently in need of upgrading and allowing us to plan our investment so that we can meet the needs of these communities now and into the future.”
Think Before You Flush and Think Before You Pour
Irish Water is also working in partnership with Clean Coasts to deliver the Think Before You Flush / Think Before You Pour campaigns to raise awareness amongst the general public about the problems caused to the marine environment and in our wastewater systems through flushing wipes down the toilet and by pouring FOGs down the kitchen sink. We clear approximately 125 blockages caused by wipes and FOGs per week from the sewer network.