Irish Water in partnership with Fingal County Council is about to begin a major infrastructure project in North Dublin, the Ballycoolin trunk watermain. The project involves the construction of an additional trunk watermain between Ballycoolin Reservoir and Swords that will help to safeguard the water supply to homes, businesses, hospitals and farms in North Dublin and the wider Greater Dublin Area (GDA). The construction of the second trunk watermain will start in the coming weeks and is expected to take approximately two years to complete.

The existing watermain between Ballycoolin Reservoir and Swords was built in the 1960s and supplies 60 million litres of water every day to homes and businesses in Swords; Portmarnock; Malahide; Balbriggan; Skerries; Rush; Donabate; Clonshaugh; Coolock and Darndale. Ballycoolin Reservoir is an important strategic reservoir storing 100 million litres of treated drinking water that is produced at Leixlip Water Treatment plant, one of the Country’s largest water treatment plants. The delivery of the second trunk watermain will build resilience in the water infrastructure and improve the security of supply for the GDA by providing the capacity to supply an additional 60 million litres of water supporting existing and future residential and commercial development.

Speaking about the Ballycoolin trunk watermain project, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien said, “The construction of this key piece of infrastructure demonstrates how Irish Water, working in partnership with Fingal County Council, is delivering infrastructure that is critical for our communities and our economy. The delivery of this project will support existing and future residential and commercial development in the Greater Dublin Area and is one of a number of water projects being delivered in the GDA.” 

Brian Sheehan, Head of Asset Delivery, Irish Water said, “Irish Water is working to support social and economic growth in Ireland through the delivery of essential water and wastewater services. The size and scale of the task to improve water services for a modern growing economy shouldn’t be underestimated. We have made significant progress but there is work still to do as we continue to build world class water infrastructure through our multi-billion programme of investment. This project will provide North Dublin with the infrastructure needed to support the building of houses and schools; to attract new industry and to allow companies to expand and grow. It is one of a portfolio of water projects that we are delivering to safeguard the water supply to homes and businesses right across the GDA. The challenge to provide water supply to match demand in the GDA remains critical and daily demand is very close to the amount of water we can produce at the moment. Working with Local Authorities we continue to invest heavily in leakage reduction activity in the GDA. Treated drinking water is not an unlimited supply and all customers should conserve water where possible and only use what they need whilst continuing to comply with HSE advice on frequent handwashing.

Roadbridge Limited have recently signed the contract to deliver this project on behalf of Irish Water.

Irish Water continues to work at this time, with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical wastewater services. These works will be delivered in adherence with current government and HSE Covid-19 guidelines.  For further information regarding this project please visit our website.

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