The project will improve the water supply service to householders and businesses in Howth and surrounding areas

Irish Water is working in partnership with Fingal County Council to deliver the Howth Water Supply Scheme. On Wednesday 23 August 2017 the Public Notice for the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) was published and Irish Water is now submitting the CPO to An Bord Pleanála to acquire the necessary lands in Howth, Baldoyle, Burrow, Deerpark and Howth Demesne to progress the project.

The CPO relates to land acquisition, permanent wayleaves and temporary construction rights to construct an additional new water storage reservoir at Dungriffen and the replacement of the existing trunk water mains that supplies Howth from the North Fringe water main at Seagrange. If granted, the CPO will authorise Irish Water to construct, lay, keep, operate, maintain, renew, repair and inspect the proposed infrastructure required as part of this project. 

The project will improve the water supply service to householders and businesses in Howth and surrounding areas. Due to the age, size and condition of the current water infrastructure, customers in certain areas experience water pressure below acceptable levels of service. 

The benefits of this project include:

  • Improved security of water supply,
  • Increased water pressure to homes and businesses,
  • Fewer unplanned water interruptions,
  • Increased contingency water storage

Commenting on the project William McKnight, Irish Water Regional Lead, said “This project will improve the security of the water supply for the people of Howth. Once complete the new replacement trunk water mains and additional storage reservoir will provide a more reliable service for customers. The project forms part of Irish Waters investment in upgrading Ireland’s water infrastructure. 

Capital investment in the region of €700 million 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.



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