Sites identified for sewage sludge storage
Irish Water has identified five potential sites to build a storage facility to hold 48,000 tonnes of treated sewage sludge.
Two sites in Co Meath at Bracetown/Gunnocks and three in Dublin at Greenogue, Newtown/Kilshane and Woodlands/Kilshane have been shortlisted for a regional biosolids storage facility to service Greater Dublin.
Biosolids are a by-product of the wastewater treatment process, and are typically reused as an organic fertiliser and spread on land in the spring and autumn.
Project manager Donal O'Connor said the quantity to be produced over the coming years would increase following an upgrade of the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant and development of a new plant at Clonshaugh, and that a site of at least eight hectares was needed. Irish Water has options to purchase the lands once a decision is made, and all biosolids will be fully treated before arriving at the new facility.
Planning permission will be sought in the next year, and a further period of public consultation will take place in August or September after the site is identified.
Around five more plants are proposed for other parts of the country.