Improved water pressure and reduced number of unplanned outages

Irish Water is working in partnership with Fingal County Council to deliver the Howth Water Supply Scheme. Irish Water has published a notice to confirm a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) to acquire the necessary lands in Howth, Baldoyle, Burrow, Deerpark and Howth Demesne to progress the project. The CPO relates to land purchase, permanent wayleaves and temporary construction rights to replacement 6km trunk water mains in Howth.

The CPO enables Irish Water to construct, lay, keep, operate, maintain, renew, repair and inspect the proposed infrastructure required as part of this project.

Projects Benefits

The project will go to tender in Q1 2018 and works are due to commence in Q4 2018. 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

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 trunk water mains will provide a more reliable service for customers. The project forms part of Irish Waters investment in upgrading Ireland’s water infrastructure."

Irish Water Business Plan

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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