Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Wednesday, 2 June 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 586 No. 6

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  240.  Ms. M. Wallace  Information on Mary Wallace  Zoom on Mary Wallace   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen   the time frame with regard to the final report on the greater Dublin strategic drainage study; if it is proposed to provide a capacity of 50,000 pe for County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16705/04]

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Cullen): Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen  The Dublin region drainage strategy study is being undertaken by Dublin City Council under my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2004-2006. The study report is expected to be published in autumn 2004 when details of its recommendations will become available.

  241.  Ms M. Wallace  Information on Mary Wallace  Zoom on Mary Wallace   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen   if it is expected that the County Meath capacity of the Drogheda sewerage scheme should increase with the development of phase two from the present 6,500 pe out of a total 67,000 pe to 27,000 [1711]pe out of a total 101,000 pe; the progress that has been made with regard to phase three of the development of the scheme to bring the overall capacity to 141,000 pe; the amount of the additional 40,000 pe in phase three is expected to be allocated to County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16706/04]

  242.  Ms. M. Wallace  Information on Mary Wallace  Zoom on Mary Wallace   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen   if progress has been made since his reply of 4 May 2004 regarding Drogheda sewerage; the progress that has been made; the present time frame with regard to phase two of the development of the Drogheda sewerage scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16707/04]

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Cullen): Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen  I propose to take Questions Nos. 241 and 242 together.

I have recently given approval to Louth County Council under my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2004-2006 to invite tenders for the expansion of the Drogheda waste water treatment plant from its current population equivalent capacity of 68,000 to 101,000. The additional capacity is intended to cater for future development in the Drogheda, Baltray, Termonfeckin and east Meath coastal areas and will be allocated in accordance with an agreement to be drawn up between Louth and Meath County Councils. There are currently no proposals before my Department for any further expansion of the Drogheda waste water treatment plant beyond the current phase.

  243.  Ms. M. Wallace  Information on Mary Wallace  Zoom on Mary Wallace   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen   if his attention has been drawn to the draft Tobin report on the Ashbourne and Ratoath sewerage scheme; his Department’s proposal for dealing with the short term and the long term problem in this area; if his Department is considering a proposed solution of treating the sewerage in County Meath and taking the outfall to the sea at a cost of approximately €65 million; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16708/04]

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Cullen): Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen  The Ashbourne-Ratoath-Kilbride sewerage scheme upgrade is included in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2004-2006 as a scheme to commence construction in 2005 at an estimated cost of €20.6 million. My Department is awaiting the submission of a preliminary report for the scheme by Meath County Council. I understand that proposals to service future waste water disposal requirements in this area by way of a new sea outfall is one of a range of long-term options that are at an early stage of consideration by the council. No proposals have as yet been submitted to my Department.

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  244.  Mr. Connaughton  Information on Paul Connaughton  Zoom on Paul Connaughton   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen   the status of the application for a sewerage scheme at Creggs, County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16709/04]

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Cullen): Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen  I refer to the reply to Question No. 370 of 11 May 2004.


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