Irish Water seeks Cork public input on new 'sludge hubs'

Irish Water seeks Cork public input on new 'sludge hubs'
Irish Water is launching a public consultation on the Site Selection Methodology Report for Regional Sludge Hub Centres.

The public consultation opens on September 24 2019 and will run until October 22 2019.

Speaking about this appeal, Programme Manager Paul Fallon said:

"We are at the start of a process to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure in order that we can treat wastewater sludge in the most efficient and environmentally sustainable manner now and into the future.

"We are doing this because the current method of treating sludge is in a very dispersed, inefficient and unsustainable manner.

"The creation of sludge hubs will ensure that sludge can be treated with the highest quality and standard."

Irish Water has already selected a list of potential sites and prepared a site selected methodology document that they propose to use to select the preferred site. 

This document has been made available for public consumption on the Irish Water website and people are invited to read the document and supply Irish Water with feedback which they can then incorporate into their selection process.

The Site Selection Methodology Report identifies wastewater treatment plants in Kilkenny, Wexford, Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Limerick and Tipperary as potential Sludge Hub Centres in the South East and Southern region. 

The assessment of these wastewater treatment plants as Sludge Hub Centres will be based on environmental, planning, economic, and technical factors.

Since 2014, Irish Water has been building and upgrading wastewater treatment plants nationwide and developing ways of reducing sludge volumes to achieve the best balance between the cost of transport and the cost of treatment.

The volume of sludge is increasing each year, with the National Wastewater Sludge Management Plan estimating that by 2040 there will be an increase of 80 percent. 

This represents around 50,000 truck-loads of sludge being generated each year.

Anyone wishing to submit information or recommendations on the new Sludge Hub Centres can do so by emailing sludgehubssouth@water.ie or by writing to Sludge Hub Centres – South Region, c/o Jacobs Engineering Ireland Ltd, Merrion House, Merrion Road, Dublin 4, D04 R2C5.

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