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Major new waste water project proposed for the Irish capital

Words: Roger Milne
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Irish Water has submitted a planning application to An Bord Pleanála for an extensive new waste water treatment project in the north of the capital.

The proposed Greater Dublin Drainage (GDD) scheme involves a new regional waste water treatment facility in Clonshaugh, along with an underground sewer from Blanchardstown to Clonshaugh, a new pumping station at Abbotstown and an outfall pipeline to return the treated water to the Irish Sea.

The project also includes a regional sludge treatment centre at Clonshaugh and an associated biosolids storage facility at Newtown, County Dublin.

The company recently submitted a separate application to the planning agency for an upgrade to the Ringsend waste water treatment plant “to meet the immediate needs of the region”.

Irish Water has also made a compulsory purchase order in respect of the land, permanent wayleaves, temporary working areas and rights of way required to progress the GDD initiative.

Both projects are needed to provide adequate waste water infrastructure to support the sustainable growth of the greater Dublin area up to 2050.
Jane Chambers, GDD project manager, said: “The GDD project will form a key part of the waste water network that is necessary to safeguard public health, protect the environment and support the sustainable growth of the greater Dublin area.”

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