Reservoir link will bring Navan a step closer to a royal water supply

19 August 2022

Navan can look forward to a more resilient water supply with planning permission sought for a new pipeline linking the region’s main treated water storage reservoirs. 

Irish Water has submitted a planning application for a link between Carn Hill and Proudstown reservoirs, which will increase Irish Water’s ability to respond to changes in water demand across the network. 

The 2.7km pipeline will not only facilitate the transfer of treated water between the two reservoirs but it will support the development of new housing by linking development lands in the townlands of Farganstown and Ballymacon to the existing water network.

Irish Water’s Infrastructure Programme Regional Lead William McKnight is proud to be bringing this project to planning stage. 

It is fantastic to be moving forward with this significant project on behalf of the local community in Navan. This link will enhance the resilience and sustainability of the area’s water supply.

The proposed works, which will take place in the townlands to the east of Navan Town Centre, will require crossing under the River Boyne between agricultural lands adjacent to St Mary’s Cemetery on the Boyne Road and agricultural lands adjacent to Blackcastle Estate on the Slane Road. An underground crossing will also be required under the Navan to Drogheda railway line. To minimise the impact to the community and the environment, it’s planned to deliver both crossings using trenchless pipeline installation techniques.

Construction of the link, which forms part of the wider Duleek to Navan Trunk Watermain project – a 16km pipeline to secure and safeguard Navan’s water supply, is expected to take two years. If planning permission is granted and subject to statutory approvals, the proposed works will begin next year. 

Before a decision is made on the planning application, Meath County Council will hold a statutory public consultation period. As part of that consultation period the public will have an opportunity to view the planning application and make submissions to the planning authority.

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