Deputy Sean Canney has received confirmation that Irish Water is still awaiting the final report on the site selection process for the Connaught Regional Sludge Hub, which will be published toward the end of the year.
He told Midwest News today that he also received confirmation from Irish Water that they did receive contact from Bord na Móna who have alternative site suggestions for the Sludge Hub for the province. However, Irish Water has decided not to pursue these alternative sites as this report will only examine sites in the ownership of Irish Water.
Deputy Canney claims this is a very narrow focus with only two sites under consideration, one in Sligo and the other in Tuam.
He argues that Bord na Móna potentially could solve all the problems nationally with Sludge disposal and they could generate energy and by-products which would be an advantage. Bord na Móna are now in the waste business and can provide suitable sites.
The deputy has called on Irish Water to ”re-think its strategy and look beyond its own sites”.