Irish Water, is investing €7.3 million in the wastewater infrastructure in Rush Co. Dublin and in particular at South Beach, Rush which is one of seven beaches nationally that was rated ‘poor’ in an EPA Bathing Water Quality Report last year. We were unable to achieve agreement with all landowners. To progress the project it is essential for Irish Water to acquire the necessary lands using compulsory purchase orders. For the project to progress, Irish Water is now acquiring some of the land needed to carry out this work using compulsory purchase orders. This significant investment will provide a new system to collect and transfer wastewater from existing outfalls and overflows to the foreshore and onwards to the new wastewater treatment plant at Portrane. This investment will significantly improve the bathing water quality at South Beach in Rush.
To progress this essential project, Irish Water has been liaising closely with residents in the area to acquire wayleaves and land for the construction of the infrastructure needed. As this scheme is vital to ensure that wastewater is collected and transferred to the new wastewater treatment plant in Portrane, Irish Water will now acquire some of the land need to carry out this work using compulsory purchase orders.
A Contract to begin the project in Rush which involves constructing extensive pipelines and new pumping stations is expected to be awarded shortly with work commencing in quarter three of this year. Construction on the project is expected to take two years to complete.
Commenting on the Rush Wastewater Collection Network scheme Michael Tinsley, Wastewater Capital Programme Lead 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 . It is a key priority of Irish Water’s to eliminate the discharging of raw sewage directly into the environment and this €7.3 million investment in the wastewater treatment infrastructure will address the issue at South Beach. Negotiations were carried out over the past number of months with landowners to acquire wayleaves and land for the construction of this infrastructure. We were unable to achieve agreement with all landowners. To progress the project it is essential for Irish Water to acquire the necessary lands using compulsory purchase orders. This vital work will address the longstanding problems with the bathing water quality in this area and will benefit the community and the environment”.
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.