31 August 2018 Go back to News
Balbriggan Skerries Sewerage Network Improvement Scheme progressing to benefit community
Project includes the construction of a New Wastewater Pumping Station and Sewer in Skerries
Irish Water is investing €8.5 million in the Balbriggan Skerries Sewerage Network Improvement Scheme. We are constructing a new wastewater pumping station and storm water storage tank on the existing Rush Road Pumping Station site. A new 670meter sewer will also be constructed along Holmpatrick from Shenick Road to Church Street. This project will commence September and is scheduled to be completed in April 2019.
Facilitating future growth in the area
This significant investment will help meet the wastewater requirements of domestic and commercial customers in Skerries and the surrounding area. The completion of this project will facilitate future growth in the area and will reduce the maintenance cost associated with the aging network.
The construction of the new storm storage tank will reduce risk of pollution to the nearby watercourses and coastal areas during periods of heavy rainfall. In order to minimise the impact on the community the construction of the sewer will be carried out in short phases. During the construction of the sewer a stop/go system will be in place and it will be necessary to restrict parking from time to time along the street. Traffic management will be continuously monitored to minimise impacts to residents.
Works may result in interruptions to water supply in Skerries
As part of the construction it will be necessary to re-locate some existing utilities including an existing water main in order to construct the new sewer pipe in Holmpatrick. This work may result in interruptions to the water supply in Skerries between 10pm on Wednesday 5 September and 7am on Thursday 6 September, 2018. During this time alternative water supplies will be provided at the following locations:
- Newtown Parks near Dublin Road Junction
- Newtown Parks near Selskar Court Junction
- Skerries point Shopping Centre near Eurospar
We make every effort to ensure that the alternative drinking water supply provided, including the tanker/bowser and dispensing tap, are adequately disinfected. However, as it is not practical to provide sterilised containers for the public to transport drinking water from the tanker to their homes, we cannot guarantee that any containers used by the public do not negatively impact or contaminate the drinking water. Therefore people are advised to boil this water before use.
Part of wider investment to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure in Fingal
Commenting on the project, Esther White, Irish Water Engineer said “This essential construction project forms part of Irish Water’s wider investment to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure in Fingal to protect the environment and to meet the current wastewater infrastructure needs and support future development in the area. We have recently completed the Rush sewer network project to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage into the coastal waters and we are progressing a separate project to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure in Loughshinny.”
We would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding in advance of the water outage while we carry out this vital work. For updates please visit our Water Supply Updates section or follow @IWCare.