Public consultation on Irish Water plans has now begun
NOW that a preferred site for the biosolids storage facility has been named, Irish Water is embarking on a public consultation process on its plans.
The preferred site will now undergo further environmental studies and assessments as part of the preparation of a planning application for the project. An Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and Natura Impact Statement (NIS) will be prepared for the project. Irish Water has published an EIAR/NIS scoping report and is now seeking feedback on the proposed assessment methodology. A six week consultation has begun and runs until Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
Announcing the third stage of public consultation for this project, Donal O’connor, Project Manager, Irish Water said: ‘The population of Dublin and the surrounding counties of Kildare, Meath and Wicklow is growing. So too is economic activity in this region. Having adequate wastewater treatment infrastructure in place is vital to support residential and commercial development and to protect the environment.’
Mr O’connor added: ‘Irish Water is focused on a strategic solution for greater Dublin to effectively and efficiently manage our wastewater treatment requirements. We are investing in the wastewater infrastructure across the region to meet the growing demand. The new Regional Biosolids Storage Facility will be a key part of our future wastewater infrastructure within this region.’
An open day, where the project team will meet the public, will take place on Tuesday, September 12, at The White House Hotel, Newpark, Co. Dublin, from 1pm to 8pm.