Irish Water is investing €9.7 million in the Rush Wastewater Collection Network Project which will benefit over 9,000 residents, tourists and the environment in Rush and will significantly improve the bathing water at South Beach Rush, North Beach and Harbour Road Beach by stopping the discharge of untreated wastewater (sewage) into the sea.

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Location Rush and Lusk, Co. Dublin
Investment €9.7 million
Status In Progress
Completion Date Spring 2018

Why is this Project Needed?

  • The foul sewer currently in place is sub-standard and under capacity. This sewer surcharges in periods of high rainfall discharging raw sewage onto the road and adjacent waterways. The most recent event was 14 August 2017 after a period of heavy rainfall.

  • The new pumping stations at South Beach Rush will stop the discharge of untreated effluent into the sea.

  • The new pumping stations at North Beach and East Shore will also transfer all wastewater to the new treatment plant in Portrane.

  • Upgrades to parts of the existing network will result in greater capacity and reductions in overflows to sea.

Project Benefits

  • Improved environment for over 9,000 residents and tourists in Rush

  • Improved bathing water quality at South Beach in Rush

  • Improved capacity for the future development of Rush

What are the next steps?

  • This project is progressing with the completion of the construction the North Beach pumping station adjacent to Golden Ridge.
  • The next step in the project requires an upgrade of the sewer network along R128 and will require a road closure which extends from Monday, 11 September to Friday, 24 November, 2017.
  • Two free shuttle bus services with a capacity to match demand will be operating for the duration of the works. Both buses will run for the duration and schedule of the Dublin Bus Service 7 days a week and will pick up and drop off passengers at all the Dublin Bus stops along the route as requested.
  • Irish Water are delighted to announce that works have been completed ahead of schedule on the R128 Rush-Skerries Road between Kilbush Lane and Palmer Road. The R128 Rush-Skerries Road will re-open to traffic on Friday, 10 November at approximately 10.00am. Dublin Bus services via Rush will resume at 1.00pm on Friday, 10 November. 

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