I thought this might be of longer term interest. Given the current boil water notice in Kildare where drinking the water may cause stomach problems, I found it amusing to get this letter in my door today where they are looking to fix the sewerage network in my town. While this work does need to be done, the timing is very funny.
To be fair, it is good to see that they are addressing the known problems. But it also means that just as I got my back garden under control after the last time they dug it up, it is likely to be dug up again…
Last Week, Irish Water released a press statement saying:
“Irish Water wish to advise that essential maintenance works at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant in order to reduce the risk of odours from the plant are underway and will be completed on Friday, 30 August 2019.
“These works are essential maintenance works on one of the odour control units at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant, and involve replacing carbon odour control media to ensure any odours generated in that area of the plant are effectively treated. All other odour conrol units are operating effectively at present.
“There may be intermittent odours while these works are carried out.”
Thanks to the public for the picture + raising this serious sewage issue at St Patrick’s Bridge; Irish water has responded by email to my complaint; it is important it is moved on especially in light of the upcoming Lee Swim.
A discharge from the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant into Dublin Bay in February
Now that the public has been made aware that sewage is allowed flow into Dublin Bay with every heavy bouts of rain, we should not be waiting for a plant extension to cater for these events.
Land is plentiful down at Ringsend with numerous empty derelict buildings lying there for years. They should build a number of steel tanks to hold the “shock load” of these heavy rainfall events. This sewage can then be treated as normal when the weather is dry.
Surely a simpler, more practical and cheaper way of dealing with this problem?
Protect Dublin Bay,
Raheny, Dublin 5.
Photographer S. Morita captures the beauty of Japan’s stylised manhole covers – a phenomenon that apparently started back in 1985 when a high-ranking bureaucrat in the construction ministry hit on the idea of allowing municipalities to design their own, thereby making the high cost of sewage projects a little more palatable while encouraging taxpayers to take pride in their local area.
Nearly two decades on, with ongoing design competitions and much publicity, there are an estimated 6000 such sewage-related delights in place.