Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, is pleased that the Rush Wastewater Collection Network scheme is continuing to progress. This scheme will tackle the issue of untreated discharge entering the Irish Sea at Rush.
“I am glad to see that action is being taken to address the wastewater needs of Rush. Approximately seventy-five percent of wastewater generated in the Rush area enters the Irish sea untreated. Furthermore, relatively few changes have been made to the sewage infrastructure in Rush over the past two decades as the population of the local community has continued to grow. I am pleased to see that progress is being made to tackle this issue which is clearly a concern for many local residents.
“Following the construction of essential wastewater infrastructure in the North County over the past few years under the Portrane, Donabate, Rush and Lusk Wastewater Strategy, the issue of untreated waste entering the Irish Sea at Rush can finally be tackled in an effective manner after many years of infuriating delays. The fact that sewage is being discharged into the Irish Sea, and adversely impacting on the water quality at South Beach, Rush is simply unacceptable. I am pleased to see that a resolution to this is now in sight.
“The construction project to link the Rush catchment area to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, which opened on the peninsula in 2013, is set to commence in the middle of next year. The detailed design stage of the process has already taken place and planning consents have been obtained. This project will, at last, tackle the issue of waste flowing into the sea at Rush and, as a result, we should see a significant improvement in the quality of the bathing water at the South Beach.
“This project in Rush will include the construction of three new pumping stations in addition to an estimated six kilometres of associated sewers. I am pleased to see this investment being made into the necessary infrastructure to adequately serve the needs of Rush.”