What’s Happening Now?

Planning Stage: 2018

The planning application, including an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and Natura Impact Statement (NIS), has been submitted to An Bord Pleanála.

A period of statutory public consultation is being carried out by An Bord Pleanála until 18th October 2018. Following completion of the statutory consultation, An Bord Pleanála will signal its intention to hold an oral hearing for the Greater Dublin Drainage project as part of its assessment of the planning application.

Design & Procurement: 2019 – 2021 approximately

Irish Water will hold a public procurement process to appoint contractor(s) to design, build and operate the GDD project.

Subject to the planning permission being granted and once contractor(s) have been selected, the construction process will begin with the Regional Biosolids Storage facility. This is envisaged to take approximately 18-24 months and will be completed by 2022.

Construction: 2022 – 2026

Construction of the GDD wastewater treatment plant and the associated orbital sewer, pumping station and marine outfall is estimated to take three years and will begin, subject to planning permission, in 2021.

Irish Water will liaise closely with local communities throughout construction and is committed to ensuring that all works will be undertaken in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

It is intended that the new regional wastewater treatment facility and associated infrastructure serving greater Dublin will become operational from 2026 and will protect public health, safeguard the environment and facilitate the development of our communities and business to 2050 and beyond.

The GDD project, when combined with other plant and network upgrades, will achieve the strategic objectives of the Greater Dublin Strategic Drainage Study (2005), meeting the need for additional wastewater treatment capacity for greater Dublin into the future. The GDD project is a key part of Irish Water’s Water Services Strategic Plan 2015-2040.