Dunhill Integrated Constructed Wetland located in Co. Waterford responsible for the treatment of all the wastewater from Dunhill village. A similar scheme is destined for Saleen

Councillor Danielle Twomey has broadly welcomed the news that Irish Water intend to develop a wetland wastewater park in East Cork.
The multi-million Euro project will cover 30 acres of land close to Saleen and will replace a septic tank serving the village that is operating at limited capacity.
Designed to look and function as a natural wetland does, the plan is to pump the areas wastewater through a series of treatment ponds before it joins the ground water.
“For some time housing development in the Saleen area has been restricted. The existing wastewater treatment plant has received minimal upgrades since its construction. If given the go ahead the facility will make available greater opportunities for the development of further housing.” Commented the Midleton based Cllr.
The innovative concept, one of the first for the water utility in the state, will mirror a similar integrated wetland scheme developed by Waterford City and County Council in 2,000, at Dunhill, 10km from Kilmeaden.
The Sinn Fein Cllr said she was originally concerned the development would not meet the future needs of the area, however Irish Water have confirmed the facility will have the capacity to deal with any future growth.
An extension to the Dunhill site was commissioned in 2012, increasing the number of wastewater treatment ponds from two to five, which gave the wetland extra capacity to treat more wastewater caused by a growing local population.
Gerry O’Brien Chairman of the Saleen and District Community Council also welcomed the venture.
He said “It’s a long time coming and is a positive step forward in cleaning up the harbour.”
It’s expected plans for the Saleen wetlands are to go on public display this October. Once the design is finalised, it’s anticipated full planning will be sought in early 2018.
If given the green light the scheme could take up to 2 years to complete.
Cllr Twomey said while this is considered a first for East Cork and Irish Water, the utility have retained the expertise in developing such sites.
Irish Water would not be drawn on a timeline for construction but did confirm “a proposed solution” to Saleen’s wastewater issues is an Integrated Constructed Wetland.