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Saturday, 27th June 2020

Irish Water told to address odours from Marsh Road treatment plant

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The sewage works on the Marsh Road.

“Irish Water’s resolution of odour issues at Drogheda WWTP is a priority for the EPA”

People have been complaining for years about the stink emanating from the wastewater treatment plant on the Marsh Road but Irish Water has always denied that there is a problem.

It turns out however, that Irish Water were wrong and now the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has told them to fix the problem and pay more attention to public complaints in the future.

Like a dog with a bone, local TD Fergus O’Dowd has been very active on the issue and his persistence over the years is paying off.

This week the EPA informed Deputy O’Dowd that they had carried out their own inspection at the plant two weeks ago and they did indeed detect odours attributable to the wastewater treatment plant.

The EPA inspectors informed Irish Water that they had detected odours from the plant and told them to take all necessary steps to resolve and reduce them.

“…The EPA instructed Irish Water to resolve and reduce odours from the site, particularly the incoming network influent, primary settlement tanks, sludge tank farm and anaerobic digester” they said in a letter to Deputy O’Dowd.

The EPA has also instructed Irish Water to engage more closely with the local community and provide them with details of the corrective actions and timeframes that will resolve the odour issues.

“Irish Water’s resolution of odour issues at Drogheda WWTP is a priority for the EPA” they said.

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