Investment will provide safe and secure drinking water for over 42,000 people

Irish Water and Dublin City Council today marked the official start of works on the €10.5 million upgrade at the Ballyboden Water Treatment Plant. Irish Water and Guss O’Connell, the Mayor of South Dublin County Council, turned the sod at the site of the existing treatment plant this morning. The €10.5 million investment includes the construction of a covered reservoir to store 16 million litres of treated drinking water, the decommissioning of the existing open storage reservoir at the site and work to upgrade the disinfection process at the treatment plant.

This new covered reservoir is essential to safeguard the quality of the drinking water for over 42,000 customers. The existing Ballyboden site contains an open water reservoir which stores treated drinking water prior to its distribution to customers. This is one of the last remaining open service reservoirs of treated drinking water of its kind in Europe. Treated drinking water exposed to the environment presents a contamination risk to supply. Coffey Construction Ltd. are carrying out the works on behalf of Irish Water. 
Speaking at today’s sod turning, Michael Tinsley, Irish Water’s Infrastructure Portfolio Manager, said “This upgrade to the Ballyboden Water Treatment Plant is a priority project for Irish Water.  It will ensure that a secure and sustainable supply of water is provided to over 42,000 people in Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and South Dublin County. Covering the reservoir will safeguard the quality of drinking water for the community and provide a long-term solution for the safe and sustainable management of the water supply. After almost 130 years serving the community, the Ballyboden Reservoir will be modernised to adequately meet current drinking water standards and the needs of future generations.”

Commenting at today’s sod-turning event Guss O’Connell, Mayor of South Dublin County Council, added “Once the project is complete, the upgraded Ballyboden Water Treatment Plant will greatly benefit the future economic and population development in Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and South Dublin County. The new plant will ensure that 42,000 consumers will be provided with a water supply which is compliant with all EU and Irish drinking water standards. I look forward to returning to Ballyboden for the official opening of the upgraded plant and the scheme’s removal from the EPA’s RAL.”

Irish Water spent over €530 million on water services in 2016. 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 €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6 billion.

For more information, please visit the Ballyboden Water Treatment Plant project page.


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