21 July 2017 Go back to News
Programme of investment has been completed across 10 reservoirs in Wicklow
Work has safeguarded the water supply for 5,000 people
Irish Water in partnership with EPS and Wicklow County Council, carried out a programme of maintenance work on 10 reservoirs across County Wicklow benefiting 5,000 people. Investing in Ireland’s water infrastructure is a key priority for Irish Water. A national programme is underway across Ireland to inspect the condition of reservoirs and carry out any maintenance that may be required. This strategic approach ensures that customers across the country receive the same standard of investment in their water infrastructure which was not possible before the formation of Irish Water. The project in Wicklow is part of this programme of investment.
Carrying out the reservoir maintenance programme is essential to protect public health. The condition of the reservoirs are inspected which enables Irish Water to carry out any maintenance works that may be required. The Wicklow reservoir maintenance programme has safeguarded the quality of the drinking water for people served by the Coolboy/Coolafancy, Hollywood, Kiltegan, Knockananna, Knockanarrigan, Rathdangan, Stratford, Valleymount/Ballyknockan, Barndarrig and Thomastown reservoirs and increased the security of the water supply for the people in the communities serve by these reservoirs.
To facilitate the maintenance work, the reservoirs were emptied and alternative water supplies were put in place through the provision of water tankers. The works at each reservoir took between two to five days to complete. Once the reservoirs were drained down an inspection was carried out to determine if any upgrade work was required. All the reservoirs were cleaned during the programme.
Commenting on the programme Ger Brady Regional, Engineer at Irish Water, said “Irish Water is committed to providing a high quality and secure water supply for the people of Wicklow. It is important for us to inspect all our assets and carry out essential maintenance work. We wish to thank customers for their cooperation and patience while this project was carried out. This programme is an important part of our ongoing investment in the water infrastructure in County Wicklow”.