Rush Waste Water plan

Meeting of Rush Community Council and Fingal Co Council 13/7/2015

Questions & Answers


  1. The overall design of the Rush Waste Water plan has been changed from outset. The proposed pipe servicing the area to rear of Hayestown and the Kenure area has been eliminated. How is this area being serviced?
  2. The North Beach Pump station has been designed to cater for the Hayestown and Kenure areas. Extension of the gravity sewer network to Hayestown and Kenure will be required to facilitate connection to North Beach. It is not planned to extend the sewer under the current contract, and any future extension will require discussions between Irish Water and the Developer of these lands.


  1. An outflow pipe is shown on the plan at South Shore. Will this release untreated waste into the sea?
  2. The pipe at South Shore is an emergency overflow pipe which is designed to only overflow in extreme weather events in accordance with the licence.


  1. Are there problems to overcome which may delay the proposed works? I.e. CPO’s
  2. The tender documents are currently being finalised in advance of inviting tenders in August. A number of possible alternative routes for the rising main sewer proposed for Farrens lane are currently under consideration and the preferred route will be included within the final tender documents.


  1. Are the proposed works, (those going to tender) finalised? If not please advise what is changing?
  2. In tandem with the progression of the tender process, Irish Water is seeking to obtain a number of wayleaves by agreement throughout Rush, to allow for the construction of the scheme. In the event that Irish Water are unable to obtain wayleaves by agreement, consideration will have to be given to acquiring the wayleave by way of Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). This is to ensure, as far as possible, completion of the project by July 2018.


  1. The pipe/pumping station located at Rogerstown Harbour approx 100mts from the new pumping station to Portrane, services Rogerstown catchment area. Can this be connected any quicker? This would reduce waste to sea immediately.
  2. Each tenderer will be requested to provide a sequencing and methodology for the construction of the overall scheme in order to allow for innovation and optimum construction times. Tenderers will then be ranked on the basis of their submissions. Notwithstanding this, the pipeline at Rogerstown Harbour can be progressed at any time during the course of the works.



  1. Is the Portrane Waste Water Treatment Plant working at 100%?
  2. In terms of capacity, Portrane WWTP has been built to cater for 65,000 population equivalents. The approximate capacity currently being conveyed to, and treated at the plant, is 20,000p.e. There is therefore capacity for a further 45,000p.e to cater for the connection of other areas including Rush, to the Plant. Provision has also been made within the treatment plant for further population growth within the catchment.


  1. Has there been any overflow or release from the WWTP of untreated or partially treated waste into the sea?
  2. No. There has been no emergency overflow from the existing plant. The capacity of the Portrane WWTP has not been exceeded since it was opened in 2013.


  1. Loughshinny waste also flows directly into the sea. When is the Loughshinny waste being connected into the Skerries Treatment Plant?
  2. Wastewater generated in Loughshinny is currently collected and conveyed to a septic tank at the back of the harbour wall. It is intended that the wastewater generated in the Loughshinny area will be pumped forward to the Barnageeragh WWTP in Skerries in the future. To facilitate this, the existing pump station on the Rush Rd. in Skerries (at the Rugby club) must be upgraded. Tender documents for the upgrade of the Rush Rd. Pump station are under production and it is envisaged that invitations to tender will be sent out in the coming weeks


  1. If Rush is connected and Loughshinny remains untreated we in Rush will still have polluted water. Loughshinny waste needs to be treated in tandem with Rush.
  2. As per answer 8 above, it is the intention of Irish Water to implement a scheme for Loughshinny which will pump flows to Skerries. However, this is dependent on the Rush Rd. pump station being upgraded in the interim.


  1. What is the connection between FCC and Irish Water? Is FCC responsible for the work being completed in Fingal? Is FCC a subcontractor of Irish Water? Has FCC any input into the planning of works in Fingal?
  2. Under the Services Level Agreement (SLA) in place between Irish Water and Fingal County Council, the council continue to work as agents on behalf of Irish Water. On capital project such as Rush, the engineers in FCC act as project managers for Irish Water carrying out the day to day management of the project delivery.


  1. Can we have confirmed dates for the works to be completed?
  2. Construction of the Rush wastewater collection network scheme is currently programmed to commence in July 2016 and is due to be complete in mid-2018.


  1. Monitoring of water at Rush Harbour should also be commenced, and put in place for 2016 going forward. More people swim at this location in Rush than at South Shore.
  2. Rush Harbour will be considered for inclusion in the list of identified bathing waters for 2016 under the Bathing Water Quality Regulations.