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Project to link Peamount and Saggart Reservoirs progressing

Irish Water is progressing a strategic project to provide connectivity between the major treated water reservoirs at Peamount and Saggart in South Dublin County.

Once complete, this project will increase the security of water supply to Dublin City and South Dublin County.

Irish Water has published a notice to confirm a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) has been granted by An Bord Pleanála to acquire the necessary lands at Loughtown Upper, Peamount, Keeloges, Westmanstown, Blundelstown, Collegeland, Baldonnel, Rathcoole and Saggart in South Dublin County.

This CPO is required for the construction of approximately seven kilometres of large diameter trunk water mains between the existing major treated water storage reservoirs at Peamount and Saggart. As part of this project, a pumping station will also be constructed at Peamount.

The works will take place near the towns of Newcastle, Rathcoole and Saggart. The water main will be laid in agricultural fields and through Rathcoole Park between Rathcoole and Saggart.

While works are ongoing in Rathcoole Park, Irish Water will work with South Dublin County Council to mitigate impact on playing pitch users. It is estimated that works will commence in June 2018 and will take two years to complete.

William McKnight, Asset Delivery Infrastructure East and Midlands Regional Lead, said: “This project is of strategic importance to Dublin City and South Dublin County. It will allow for the construction of approximately seven kilometres of large diameter trunk water mains between the existing water storage reservoirs at Peamount and Saggart.

“Upon completion of the project, the new pipeline will increase Irish Water’s ability to distribute treated drinking water in the Greater Dublin Area and the surrounding region. It will thereby increase the security of the water supply for residents and businesses.”

Irish Water spent more than €530M on water services in 2016. Capital investment in the region of €700M per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan up to 2021.

Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5BN investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6BN.

Author: Robin Hackett, Deputy Editor, WWT and WET News
Topic: Water Resource Management
Tags: Ireland , reservoirs , Water supply

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