Saleen Wetlands Information Evening

By Seamus Whelehan

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

Irish Water are seeking feedback from the public on draft plans for the development of a wetland wastewater park in East Cork.
An information evening will take place on Tuesday 21 November from 6:30pm- 8:30pm at Saleen National School.
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.
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.
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.
Irish Water say the Saleen facility will have the capacity to deal with any future growth.
“The system being proposed for Saleen would have the capacity to treat the wastewater from a population of up to 1,000 people. This would cater for the existing population as well as providing additional capacity for growth in the area.”
Mark O’Callaghan, Sustainability Policy and Innovations Lead with Irish Water told the East Cork Journal “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to developing an Integrated Constructed Wetland. Each site is unique which is why we are eager to engage closely with the local community to ensure that we have all the relevant information before proceeding with this planning application. We will continue to welcome all input from local residents as we move forward with this project.”
Once the design for the East Cork scheme is finalised, its anticipated full planning will be sought in early 2018.
If planning is granted the works could take up to 2 years to complete.