30 September 2019 Go back to News
Work begins on the Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Scheme to support development and safeguard our environment
Supporting existing and future development
Irish Water, working in partnership with Fingal County Council, today marked the start of works on the Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Scheme in Waterville Park in the Tolka Valley. The delivery of this significant infrastructure project will support existing and future residential and commercial development and will safeguard the environment in Blanchardstown and surrounding areas.
The existing wastewater network was constructed in the 1970s and since then the area it serves has expanded considerably. The project will upgrade the existing wastewater network in Mulhuddart and Castleknock, as well as a number of towns in Meath including Dunboyne, Clonee, Ashbourne and Ratoath. These works have been carefully planned so as to minimise any impact on the public.
What is involved?
The primary works will be contained within an area of Waterville Park. This will enable the construction of the underground storm water management facility and pumping station. Along Tolka Valley Park, 3km of new wastewater network will be constructed by tunnelling methods, to ensure that the impact on the park and its users is kept to a minimum.
This project represents an Irish Water investment of almost €88 million in the Blanchardstown region. The works will be completed by Ward and Burke Construction Limited on behalf of Irish Water and are scheduled to be completed by 2023.
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Speaking at the sod turning event, Cllr. Tom Kitt, Deputy Mayor of Fingal County Council said “Today’s sod turning marks a significant milestone in modernising the wastewater infrastructure in Blanchardstown and surrounding areas and making it fit for purpose, for now and into the future. The population in Fingal is growing, our economy is growing, and these infrastructural upgrades are fundamental to the sustainable development of the area.”
Minister Eoghan Murphy said “On days like today we get a real understanding of the work being delivered by Irish Water working in partnership with Fingal County Council. Working together, following government policy, our people and partners build, maintain and operate our water and wastewater infrastructure to provide essential services to our customers, communities and the economy. The delivery of this project will support existing and future residential and commercial development in Blanchardstown and surrounding areas.”
€5.5 billion programme of investment
Niall Gleeson, Managing Director, Irish Water said “Irish Water is working to support social and economic growth in Ireland through the delivery of essential water and wastewater services. The size and scale of the challenge facing Irish Water shouldn’t be underestimated nor should the significant progress we have made, however there is significant work still to do as we continue to build world class wastewater infrastructure through our €5.5 billion programme of investment. This particular project will provide Blanchardstown and the surrounding areas with the infrastructure needed to support the building of houses, schools, attract new industry and allow companies to expand and grow.”
For further information regarding this project visit the Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Scheme page.