27 June 2014 Go back to News
Additional Capacity at Leixlip Plant vital to meet current water demand and provision of capacity for future development needs
Irish Water has welcomed the official opening of the Leixlip Water Treatment Plant Expansion by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD, and the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Mags Murray. The new stand-alone €30 million water treatment facility will provide water treatment capacity of an additional 80 million litres of water per day for consumers in the Greater Dublin supply area, bringing overall production at Leixlip to 215 million litres per day. The Leixlip Plant is the second largest water treatment plant in the country and supplies approximately 30% of the Dublin Region’s drinking water requirements, supplying North Dublin City and County as well as parts of South County Dublin and Kildare.
Opening the new facility, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD said, ‘The rapid growth of residential and commercial development in the catchment area created a critical situation whereby an increase in water demand outstripped supply. The additional capacity provided by this new plant is vital to meet the current water demand whilst also providing capacity to meet future development needs.’
Speaking at the official opening, John Tierney, Managing Director of Irish Water said, ‘It is the ambition of Irish Water to deliver a safe, secure and reliable supply of water to every customer on the public system, mirroring the supply of water from this plant to the Greater Dublin Region. The launch of the Leixlip Water Treatment Expansion Scheme marks the culmination of successful partnerships by Fingal, Dublin City, South Dublin County and Kildare County Councils, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and Irish Water. The result of this collaborative approach is the delivery of sustainable water for the households and businesses of the Greater Dublin Region and the capacity for sustainable future economic development.’