Irish Water has been issued with a formal direction from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)– setting out actions to take over the coming months to address reports of mal odours from the Drogheda waste water treatment plant.

Local Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd received a breakdown of the measures in the latest update he’s received from the EPA.

The Louth and East Meath Deputy has been informed the actions directed by the EPA include ensuring the plant is operated and maintained at all times to ensure it avoids causing nuisance through odours.

Irish Water has also been directed to carry out odour suppressing dosing on the East Meath Network and to carry out weekly monitoring of waste water at a number of locations in the plant, until the end of September and take corrective actions in the event the monitoring results indicate a potential risk of generating nuisance odours.

It also has to complete an odour source audit, odour monitoring and odour modelling report over the summer to quantify and rank the odour sources for the entire site.

In response the water utility has confirmed it’s begun dosing to reduce septicity in the East Meath sewer pipeline that conveys waste water to the treatment plant and repairs have been carried out to settlement tanks, and it’s taken one of them, which is closes to the south western boundary, out of service as an odour prevention measure.