Irish Water welcomes Tuesday’s Budget announcement by Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, of record current and non-current funding allocation of €1.3 billion during 2021 for Irish Water. The funding will allow Irish Water to progress projects across the country, delivering jobs, capacity for housing and development and supporting economic growth.The budget announcement for 2021 is in addition to stimulus packages this year totalling €87 million which allowed Irish Water to undertake a wide range of shovel ready projects to be delivered by the end of 2020 and also to bring forward the commencement date for a number of large infrastructure projects.

The 2020 Budget allocation will allow Irish Water to advance high priority, shovel ready works, including leakage reduction works, sewer upgrades and water and wastewater plant upgrades. This will be done with the support of our supply chain partners across the country who continue to work collaboratively, safely and efficiently with Irish Water, while helping to generate much needed employment for the economy. Significant project milestones have been met across the country this year, most notably on the Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Scheme, an €88 million investment in wastewater infrastructure for the Greater Dublin Area; the continued upgrade of the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant; the upgrade of the Lee Road Water Treatment Plant; the Courtmacsherry Sewerage Scheme, Co Cork; and the new Castlemaine Wastewater Treatment Plant in Co. Kerry.

Niall Gleeson, Managing Director of Irish Water said: “Looking forward to 2021 we have ambitious plans in place, including new projects in Donegal, Galway, Wexford, Cork, Clare and Arklow which will stop the discharge of raw sewage to the sea. We will also continue our investment in leakage, the removal of schemes from the EPA’s Remedial Action list and the provision of clean, safe drinking water.

Irish Water welcomes the announcement of €1.3 billion in funding for 2021 and an extra €87 million in stimulus packages in 2020 by Minister Darragh O’Brien and the Department for Housing, Local Government and Heritage. We play a key role in delivering water and wastewater infrastructure to meet housing and development needs, address legacy infrastructure deficiencies and are working to improve compliance with environmental standards for schemes across the country.

Irish Water’s investment plan prioritises protection of public health and key outcomes such as leakage; removing water supplies from the EPA’s Remedial Action List and stopping raw sewage entering rivers, lakes and the sea (untreated agglomerations). Support from Government enables us to make further progress towards these goals.

Irish Water has invested €3.8 billion in water and wastewater infrastructure to the end of 2019 and plans to invest a further €5.2 billion under its Capital Investment Programme from 2020 to 2024 in drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure. Tuesday’s announcement of €1.3 billion funding allocation by the Minister aligns to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities capital expenditure determination that was recently agreed. Significant capital investment is needed over a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water and wastewater infrastructure.

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