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Thursday, 12th May 2022

Stink from Marsh Road treatment plant will not be fixed until 2027

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The waste water treatment plant on the Marsh Road is barely visible but you know it's there by the terrible smell that emanates from it.

“This latest failure by Irish Water is a disgrace and an insult to the people of Drogheda” says O’Dowd

Irish Water has told local TD Fergus O’Dowd that repairs and other works to eliminate the stench from the waste water treatment plant at the Marsh Road will not be completed for another five years.

Deputy O’Dowd, who has for years been championing the cause of residents living close to the plant who must put up with the obnoxious smell on an almost daily basis, says this latest failure by Irish Water is “...a disgrace and an insult to the people of Drogheda.”

In a long, technical letter Irish Water told Deputy O’Dowd yesterday that it is delivering an extensive programme of upgrade works at the plant and on the network to reduce the risk of odour.

They go on to say however that “The timeframe for delivery of primary settlement tank covers and associated ancillary works is currently estimated to be by the end of 2027, allowing for detailed design, statutory planning, tendering and procurement/ execution. 


O’Dowd raised the issue today in the Dail with An Taoiseach, Michael Martin and the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien and sought the highest level of Government intervention with Irish Water.

“Irish Water’s current timetable is totally unacceptable and untenable” said O’Dowd. “I am in frequent contact with the EPA since 2020 requesting their direct intervention and they too share my deep concerns on the projected timelines”.

In a letter to Deputy O’Dowd earlier this week the EPA says that Irish Water’s resolution of odour issues at Drogheda is a priority for them and that they will closely monitor Irish Water’s performance in 2022. 

“The EPA has continued to instruct Irish Water to improve how it deals with complaints of odours and to be proactive in its engagement with the local community in relation to its actions to resolve odours” they said.

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