New watermain to save an average of 44 million litres of water every month

Irish Water and Fingal County Council are progressing the Swords Watermain Rehabilitation project. The project will replace the ageing watermain between Cooks Road and Forest Road south of Swords, and along Forest Road to the junction with The Dublin Road / Main Street Swords, then along Main Street and North Street and onwards to Lissenhall, ending near the Swords north M1 motorway junction. On completion of the works, it is estimated that 44 million litres of water will be saved every month.

To progress the project the Irish Water is submitting a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) to An Bord Pleanála on Tuesday, 30 May 2017 to acquire the necessary lands on Fosterstown North, Balheary Demesne/Seatown West and Lissenhall Great/Lissenhall Little to complete the project. If the CPO application is granted it is estimated that the project will commenced on site in early 2018.

The mains rehabilitation work will provide a more reliable water supply for homes and businesses in Swords and to customers in Malahide and Portmarnock served by the Malahide Reservoir. The replacement of this aging watermain will result in fewer interruptions to the water supply for customers. Local residents and businesses will be advised of works in advance and will be given 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs. Every effort to be made to avoid unplanned interruptions to the water supply.

Commenting on the project Paul Hickey, Irish Water Regional Lead, said “The Swords Watermain Rehabilitation Project is a priority project for Irish Water. This watermain has had a long history of bursting and the replacement of the ageing watermain forms part of Irish Water’s investment to improve the water and wastewater infrastructure in Fingal. Replacing the watermain will ensure that customers in Swords and in parts of Malahide and Portmarnock will have a more reliable and secure supply which will result in fewer disruptions to their water supply”.

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 more information, please view the Irish Water Business Plan in full.


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