Dublin Waste Water Treatment Plant on Northside

ALL ISSUES RAISED IN OVER 10,000 SUBMISSIONS TO THE GREATER DUBLIN
DRAINAGE PROJECT WILL BE EXAMINED BY EXPERTS AND CONSIDERED BY THE
PROJECT TEAM, BEFORE SITE SHORTLIST IS ANNOUNCED NEXT YEAR

12th December 2011: The Greater Dublin Drainage Project Team has
received over 10,000 submissions from members of the public and other
stakeholders, since October 10th, when the identification of nine land
parcels in north Dublin, within which the new regional wastewater
treatment plant could potentially be located, marked the start of the
second round of non statutory public consultation on the project.

Speaking to the Elected Members of Fingal County Council today, Peter
O’Reilly, Project Engineer, said the Project Team welcome the
significant interest in the project and he thanked people for making
the Project Team aware of issues and constraints that need to be
considered, before the Project Team make a decision on the most
suitable location for the new waste infrastructure.

“The high level of engagement from local people and stakeholders
this early in the project’s development is an endorsement of the early
and detailed public consultation we have undertaken since the start of
this project”, said Peter O Reilly. “All the issues contained in the
submissions we have received will be examined by experts and
considered by the Project Team”, he confirmed, “before a shortlist of
potential sites is identified next year. Among the issues raised are
: risk of odours, risks to agri- and horticulture, fishing and
shellfish, ecology concerns, impact on local communities, traffic and
access, over-burdening of communities, ecology, pollution, heritage,
distance from load centres and cost.”

The majority of Fingal’s wastewater is currently treated at Ringsend
WWTP. A new regional wastewater treatment works will be needed by
2020, to meet Dublin’s current and future economic, industrial and
residential demands, as well as to protect the environment and meet
the EU Water Framework Directive standards, avoiding huge financial
fines and penalties.

The cost of the project will be known when locations for all three
elements – the wastewater treatment works, the marine outfall and the
orbital sewer – are identified. The estimated costs are likely to be
less than €500million. Approximately 16 hectares of land will be
required for the treatment works, with an additional 4 hectares of a
buffer or screening zone. One large plant will have less impact on the
environment than a number of smaller plants. Local rivers and streams
are already at capacity and are too small to absorb treated water from
a number of smaller plants.

“The new regional plant is needed as an add-on to the existing
regional wastewater treatment works in Dublin at Ringsend, currently
being extended to its maximum extent”, Peter O’Reilly said. “It will
be two thirds smaller than Ringsend and capable of treating up to
700,000 Population Equivalent at full capacity by 2040, starting with
treating 350,000 Population Equivalent in 2020. Most of the waste to
be treated at the new regional plant will come from Fingal.
“Population Equivalent” includes wastewater from industries,
hospitals, offices etc as well as homes. “

The Greater Dublin Drainage project includes a marine outfall and a
new orbital drainage system, linking into the existing drainage system
which brings wastewater from Final to Ringsend wastewater treatment
works for treatment.

In the last five years the population of Fingal increased by 13.8%,
almost double the national growth rate (from 239,992 to 273,051).

For more information contact 1890 44 55 67 or email
info@greaterdublindrainage.ie