Irish Water personnel at a wastewater treatment plant.
Irish Water is seeking submissions from members of the public and interested stakeholders concerning the management of wastewater sludge.
One of the recommendations is to develop a number of existing sludge treatment facilities, including the one in Drogheda, into potential regional Sludge Hub Centres.
The assessment of these wastewater treatment plants as Sludge Hub Centres will be based on environmental, planning, economic, and technical factors.
The volume of sludge is increasing year on year and is predicted to continue to increase. It is estimated that by 2040 around 50,000 truck-loads of sludge will be generated each year, which represents an 80% increase.
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Paul Fallon of Irish Water says: “…We are eager to understand if there is any additional information on the potential sites identified that we should be aware of; whether there are any additional factors we should be considered in choosing the preferred sites and how the public would like to be communicated with as the project progresses.”
“Irish Water is planning for now and the future so that sludge can be treated and disposed of safely and in a way that does not pose a risk to public health, the environment or agricultural lands by increasing the capacity of sludge management facilities.
“The development of regional Sludge Hubs Centres is key to ensure that, as a country, we can manage the increasing volumes of sludge we produce.”
Submissions can be made to Irish Water in the following ways:
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By post: Sludge Hubs Centres East Midlands Region, c/o J.B. Barry & Partners Ltd, Classon House, Dundrum Business Park, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14, D14 T9T0
To view the Site Selection Methodology Report or for further information, visit www.water.ie/sludgehubs.
The Report and project newsletter is also available at planning counters in the relevant local authority offices and public libraries across the country.