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Urgent need for action to stop polluting Dublin Bay - Cllr. Chris Andrews

22 August, 2019

Petition on the breach of the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive (UWWTD) in Dublin, Ireland

Sinn Féin Councillor for the South East Inner City Chris Andrews has petitioned the European Parliament to call on the Irish government and Irish Water/Ervia to stop breaching the European Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive (UWWTD), to fix the problems which are causing wastewater overflows, and give us a safe, clean and healthy Dublin Bay.

Speaking at the launch of the Sinn Féin 'Solution not Pollution’ campaign, Cllr. Andrews said:

"Dublin Bay is one of the most beautiful areas of our city and our country. It is beloved by communities along its coastline, by swimmers, kayakers, joggers, tourists and many more.

"It is recognised as a Biosphere by UNESCO because of its rare and internationally important habitats and species of wildlife. This Biosphere includes not just the waters areas of ecological value but also the areas around them and the communities that live and work in these areas. 

"Unfortunately, in recent times Dublin Bay, its waters, its coastline and its communities have fallen victim to environmental vandalism due to the overflow of wastewater from the Ringsend water treatment plant.

"These overflows threaten the water quality, biodiversity, ecosystem and the health of over 300,000 people who live within the Dublin Bay Biosphere.

"This summer, the problem has become particularly acute as temporary bathing bans were introduced at several beaches in Dublin due to the overflow of wastewater from the Ringsend water treatment plant. 

"The Environmental Protection Agency has highlighted how the Ringsend plant is failing to meet national and EU treatment standards.

"The plant is failing to comply because the plant is not big enough to properly treat all the wastewater that it receives.

"The State is facing infringement proceedings from the European Commission due to its failure to invest adequately in our wastewater treatment facilities, including in Ringsend. This is the direct consequence of the State’s failure to adequately invest in our water infrastructure.

"What is happening at Ringsend with the continuous leakage of wastewater into Dublin Bay is completely unacceptable and we, the communities of Dublin Bay, are fighting back."

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