Effluent discharges to waters and sewers, with a few exceptions, require a discharge licence in accordance with Section 4 and 16 of the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act 1977 as amended by the Local Government (Water Pollution) Amendment Act 1990. In addition, discharges of greater than 5m3 of sewage effluent to groundwater require a licence under Section 4 of the above Acts. A discharge to waters licence sets out general requirements in terms of the volume and quality of effluent that can be discharged to waters. A discharge licence will also specify other miscellaneous requirements, such as the submission of ongoing monitoring results to the Environment Section of Sligo County Council.
The application form for a discharge to waters licence and associated application guidance notes can be downloaded from below.
A new national water services authority has been established in the Republic of Ireland. Since 2014, Irish Water is responsible for issuing and enforcing discharge licences to sewers in accordance with Section 16 of the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act 1977 as amended. A licence is required for the discharge of trade effluent to the Irish Water sewerage network.
Queries in relation to discharges to sewers should be made to Irish Water Telephone 1890 278 278.
In terms of discharge to waters licences, at present there are 23 active discharge to waters licences within the functional area of Sligo County Council.
Table 1 below details the register of licensed discharges to waters. Sligo County Council monitors and enforces all discharge licences to waters to ensure compliance with discharge licence conditions.
|1||DL(W)4(Rev1)||Lissadell Shellfish Co Ltd||Fish Hatchery|
|2||DL(W)6||Mullaghmore Sea Far Farms Ltd||Lobster Ponds|
|3||DL(W)7||James and Winifred Beirne, Cummeen, Strandhill Road||House Cummeen, Strandhill Road|
|4||DL(W)9(Rev1)||Kilcullen Sea Water Baths||Seaweed Baths|
|5||DL(W)11||Knockmuldowney Restaurant Co Ltd., Collooney||Hotel/Restaurant|
|6||DL(W)12||North Western Health Board, Cloonamahon||Residential Centre|
|7||DL(W)13(Rev1)||St Angela’s College||College|
|8||DL(W)16R||Radisson SAS Hotel||Hotel|
|9||DL(W)21||Keywater Fisheries, Cloonloo||Fish Farm|
|10||DL(W)25||Harrington (Concrete) Sligo Ltd||Quarry|
|11||DL(W)22||Cregg House, Rosses Point||Residential Centre|
|12||DL(W)34||Davey Motors, Kiltycahill||Mixed Development|
|13||DL(W)37||Fallon Oils Ltd, Ballygawley||Castledargan Hotel|
|14||DL(W)38||Hillstreet Quarries Ltd, Geevagh||Quarry at Glen, Geevagh|
|15||DL(W)40||Michael Keenan, Ballygawley||Housing Development Ballygawley|
|16||DL(W)41||Christy and Moira Tighe, Cromleach Lodge||Cromleach Lodge Restaurant|
|17||DL(W)43||St. Angela’s College||Student Residences|
|18||DL(W)75||Aragonda Trading Ltd., Drumcliff, Co. Sligo||Yeats Tavern, Drumcliff, Co. Sligo|
|19||DL(W)90||McCormack Fuels Ltd., Carraroe, Co. Sligo||Oil Storage Depot at Aghamore Far, Co. Sligo|
|20||DL(W)97||Felix McHugh Builders Ltd., Cornacloy, Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim||Dromroe Housing Estate, Cleavry, Castlebaldwin|
|21||DL(W)109||Sligo Fuel Sales Ltd., Deepwater Quay, Sligo||Oil Storage Depot at Deepwater Quay, Sligo|
|22||DL(W)150||Enniscrone Golf Club||Golf Club|
|23||DL(W)151||Lagan Bitumen Ltd, Aughamore near||Quarry|
Large industrial or agricultural activities require an Integrated Pollution, Prevention and Control Licence (IPPC) from the Environmental Protection Agency. Details of the classes of activities requiring an IPC licences are available on www.epa.ie/licensing/. There are 6 IPPC licences in County Sligo, Table 2 is a list of same.
|P0269-02||Basta Parsons Limited||Gallagher Road, Tubbercurry, Sligo||Yes|
|P0382-01||Kiernan Farms (Sligo) Unlimited Company||Carrowcushcly Pig Unit, Carrowcushcly, Ballymote, Sligo||Yes|
|P0465-02||G. Bruss GmbH Dichtungstechnik||Finisklin Road, Sligo, Sligo||Yes|
|P0643-03||AbbVie Ireland NL B.V.||Manorhamilton Road, Sligo, Sligo||Yes|
|P0828-01||TopChem Pharmaceuticals Limited||Ballymote Business Park, Carrownanty, Ballymote, Sligo||Yes|
|P1087-01||AbbVie Ireland NL B.V.||Old Bundoran Road, Ballytivnan, Sligo||Yes|
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