19 December 2018 Go back to News
Replacement of 5km of aging water main prone to significant bursts in Swords completed
New water main will provide a more reliable water supply for customers
Irish Water has completed the replacement of more than 5 kilometres of water main in Swords. This water main was almost a half a century old and was prone to significant bursts in the past, especially on the Forrest Road which caused significant traffic disruption. The completion of these works will provide a more reliable water supply for homes and businesses in Swords and parts of Malahide and Portmarnock. The new water main will reduce leakage; reduce traffic disruption caused by bursts and will mean that there will be fewer interruptions to supply for these communities.
The project represented a €9 million investment by Irish Water. It commenced in January of this year and has now been completed ahead of schedule. Throughout the duration of this important project Irish Water has endeavoured to keep the community and elected officials up to date on project progress through weekly updates, information evenings and letter drops to homes and businesses.
Speaking about the project, Paul Hickey, Irish Water said, “We would like to thank the residents, businesses and road users for their understanding while we carried out this critical work. The communities of Swords and parts of Malahide and Portmarnock will now benefit from more sustainable and secure water supply which will result in fewer disruptions to their water supply. The Swords Water Main Rehabilitation Project was a priority project for Irish Water and we are delighted that it has been completed ahead of schedule. The project forms part of Irish Water’s investment to improve the water and wastewater infrastructure in Fingal.”
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.
For further information regarding this or other Irish Water projects, visit our projects section.