Planning green light given for Ringsend upgrade
Planning permission has been granted for the upgrade of Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant near Dublin, Ireland's largest wastewater treatment project.
Irish Water welcomed the decision of An Bord Pleanála to approve the plans, saying that the project will protect public health, safeguard the environment and support sustainable social and economic growth.
The Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant treats approximately 40% of Ireland’s public wastewater. The plant is operating over capacity and is not in compliance with the EU’s Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive.
The planned upgrade will ensure that wastewater water arriving at the plant is treated to the required standard and will improve the water quality in the Lower Liffey Estuary, a key priority for Irish Water since it took responsibility for water and wastewater services in 2014.
Jean Hobbs, Project Manager with Irish Water, said: “Having adequate wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to safeguard the environment and to facilitate housing and commercial development. These works will allow the wastewater generated every day in our homes, schools and workplaces to be treated in compliance with the EU and national wastewater treatment regulations and returned safely to Dublin Bay.”
The upgrade works will facilitate the use of an innovative technology, Aerobic Granular Sludge (AGS), which allows for a greater amount of wastewater to be treated to a higher standard within the current plant.
“The upgrade project uses innovative technology to deliver a more sustainable, safe, and environmentally sensitive solution for the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant,” continued Jean Hobbs. “Irish Water’s experts identified the new AGS technology as the best solution for the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant and we began detailed testing and trials in April 2015. These trials proved hugely successful and confirmed that wastewater treated by AGS technology can be safely discharged at the current outfall location while protecting the nutrient sensitive Lower Liffey Estuary and Dublin Bay.”
The Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project is one of the most important in a range of major investments in both drinking water supply and wastewater treatment that Irish Water will be rolling out to support the economic projections for growth for the Greater Dublin Area and to protect the environment.
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