28 May 2018 Go back to News
Upgrade to the Proudstown Reservoir in Co. Meath has been completed to improve connectivity and reduce leakage
Proudstown Reservoir supplies treated drinking water to over 30,000 customers
Irish Water working in partnership with Meath County Council have completed a number of upgrades at the site of the Proudstown Reservoir. The €250,000 investment has upgraded the 40 year old reservoir to bring it in line with modern water treatment facilities. The works were carried out by Carty Civil Engineering Limited on behalf of Irish Water.
What did the works involve?
The works included the replacement of an old pipeline that connected the east and west reservoirs and associated valves and interconnecting pipework. The old pipeline was prone to leaking and which had caused interruptions to the water supply for the area over the years. Replacing the pipeline has ensured greater connectively between the two reservoirs which enables Irish Water to transfer treated drinking water across the network for homes and businesses in Navan and the surrounding areas.
The improvement works were carried out over a five month period and all necessary shutdowns and outages were carried out during 11pm-5pm to reduce the impact on customers.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of the project include the elimination of leakage of 1800m3 per day of water at the reservoir from the 40 year old pipeline, upgrading the reservoir to bring it in line with modern water infrastructure and future proofing the plant so that it has the resilience to meet the water needs of the community.
The upgrades have built in resilience into the network to ensure that we can move water across the network without interruptions to customers supply.
Michael Cunniffe, Operations Lead - East and Midlands Region
Commenting on the project Michael Cunniffe, Operations Lead in the East and Midlands Region, said “We are pleased to have completed these upgrades to the Proudstown Reservoir. The reservoir is approximately 40 years old with a high volume of water being lost through leakage. The upgrades have built in resilience into the network to ensure that we can move water across the network without interruptions to customers supply.”
Part of Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme
The Proudstown Reservoir project is part of Irish Water’s investment in the water infrastructure in Meath. Work was recently completed to replace an ageing water main in Lackanash as part of Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme.
Irish Water spent over €526 million on water services in 2017. 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.