Greater Dublin Drainage launches – Fingal County Council to consult widely on new wastewater infrastructure.

Tuesday, 12th April 2011: Fingal County Council, on behalf of the seven local authorities in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), will start public consultation in the coming months to identify a suitable route and location for vital new drainage and wastewater treatment infrastructure in the northern part of the Greater Dublin Area. Greater Dublin Drainage aims to provide safe, reliable drainage and waste water treatment for the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), to meet current and future economic, industrial and residential demands, to protect the environment and to meet the EU Water Framework Directive standards (information on the project can be found on our project website www.GreaterDublinDrainage.ie )

The Greater Dublin Strategic Drainage Study (GDSDS) and the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) carried out on the GDSDS by the local authorities in 2005 and 2008 identified the need for new drainage infrastructure as the current system is not adequate to cope with the demand. The lack of wastewater capacity in parts of the Greater Dublin Area is placing constraints on the implementation of existing accepted planned development, as set out in the respective City and County Development Plans.

“Ultimately Greater Dublin Drainage will facilitate employment, social progress and economic growth. There will be extensive public consultation with all stakeholders from the start and opportunity for everyone to have their say. Public Consultation starts later in the near future and will be widely publicised,” says David O’Connor, Fingal County Manager.

The GDSDS and the SEA considered 16 different options and recommended that  a new wastewater treatment works should be built at a suitable site in the northern part of the Greater Dublin Area with an outfall point on the Dublin coastline discharging in to the Irish Sea and · a new orbital sewer is required to bring wastewater from the west of the GDA and to accommodate future development and new industries in areas around Blanchardstown Lucan, Clondalkin, Mulhuddart, East Meath and Kildare.

“The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), together with the GDSDS, provides the bestpicture of the current drainage situation in the Greater Dublin Area and gives clear direction as to how toaddress the issue of inadequate drainage in the most sustainable manner,” says Gilbert Power, Director of Planning and Strategic Infrastructure, Fingal County Council. “We will be seeking feedback from all interested parties on our decision making process and will consult widely on the constraints involved in developing the project. A shortlist of sites will then be compiled before a preferred scheme and site are identified.”

“We often do not think about waste water until it stops working. The Dublin Region needs more drainage and treatment capacity to prosper and thrive and for the health and wellbeing of the citizens and the environment,” says Cllr. Ken Farrell, Mayor of Fingal.
“The Greater Dublin Drainage project will ensure that there is adequate drainage and treatment of the waste water produced in the Dublin Region. It will ensure that we can prosper into the future and protect our environment for generations to come.”

Jacobs Engineering (Ireland) Ltd and TOBIN Consulting Engineers have been appointed to assess potential sites and pipeline routes. RPS Project Communications has been appointed to ensure that the consultation with all stakeholders will be robust, accessible, meaningful and accountable. When completed, the new works will have sufficient wastewater treatment capacity to meet the future needs of the Greater Dublin Area and facilitate the ongoing population and economic growth of the region. Water in the Irish Sea will also
meet the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive.
ENDS.

For further information: Mary Murphy, 087-233 6415 / 709 8001

Lo Call Information line: 1890 44 55 67 or email us at info@greaterdublindrainage.ie

Note to Editors:
· Wastewater from the Greater Dublin Area is currently treated at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Works, which is almost at capacity and is being extended already to meet current demand and immediate future. It makes sense, therefore, to provide for the long term sustainable needs of the region

· The exact size of the wastewater treatment works will be confirmed as part of the planning process.

· A single, regional wastewater treatment plant is preferable to a series of smaller plants. A single plant offers the greatest planning, procurement, engineering, cost, flexibility and future operational benefits.

· The Greater Dublin Area (GDA) includes Fingal, South Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath County Councils and Dublin City Council.

· The SEA on the GDSDS is available at:
www.fingalcoco.ie/Water/WaterServicesProjects/RegionalProjects/SEAontheGreaterDublinStrategicDrainageStudy