Third con­sul­ta­tion be­gins on Ark­low waste­water plant

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

IR­ISH WA­TER has an­nounced that a four-week non-statu­tory con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod for the Ark­low Waste­water Treat­ment Plant be­gins to­day, Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 11.

As part of the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, two drop-in in­for­ma­tion events will be held at the Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal District Of­fices from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 19, and Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 26. In­ter­ested par­ties are in­vited to at­tend and speak to mem­bers of the project team, who will be avail­able to pro­vide fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

Dur­ing this con­sul­ta­tion phase, Ir­ish Wa­ter is seek­ing pub­lic feed­back on the de­sign of the plant and how it will change how the area looks as well as the En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact As­sess­ment Re­port that is be­ing de­vel­oped for the project.

Writ­ten sub­mis­sions can be emailed to Ir­ish Wa­ter at ark­lowtp@wa­ or can be sent by post to Ark­low Waste­water Treat­ment Plant Project, Ir­ish Wa­ter, Colvill House, Tal­bot Street, Dublin 1. The dead­line for these writ­ten sub­mis­sions is Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 15.

John Joyce from Ir­ish Wa­ter said the body had been ‘en­gag­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity at ev­ery stage of this project and will con­tinue to keep them up­dated through­out the process.’ He also urged all in­ter­ested par­ties to at­tend the in­for­ma­tion events.

‘It is a top pri­or­ity for Ir­ish Wa­ter to stop the dis­charge of un­treated waste­water into the River Avoca. We have been en­gag­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity at ev­ery stage of this project and will con­tinue to keep them up­dated through­out the process,’ said Mr Joyce.

This is the third pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion re­gard­ing Ark­low’s long-awaited waste­water treat­ment plant. The first took place from Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber 2014 in re­la­tion to the first phase of the site se­lec­tion process, while the sec­ond was from May to July 2015 on the sec­ond phase for the Emerg­ing Pre­ferred Site at Fer­ry­bank. Feed­back from both of these has been re­viewed by the project team and will feed into the de­vel­op­ment of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact State­ment which is be­ing pre­pared for the plan­ning sub­mis­sion, Ir­ish Wa­ter said.

Ir­ish Wa­ter is work­ing in part­ner­ship with Wick­low County Coun­cil to de­liver the Ark­low Waste­water Treat­ment Plant. While the plant will ben­e­fit the 15,000 peo­ple who live and work in Ark­low, it will have the ca­pa­bil­ity to treat a 36,000 pop­u­la­tion equiv­a­lent.

The project will also in­clude two in­ter­cep­tor sewer pipe­lines (along North and South Quay) to bring un­treated waste­water to the pro­posed plant and a marine sea out­fall pipe to safely dis­charge the treated waste­water ef­flu­ent to the Ir­ish Sea.

The plant will be built on the site of the old Wall­board site.

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