Project has been expedited to replace this ageing strategic pipeline following two significant bursts this year

Irish Water working in partnership with Louth County Council has commenced work to replace the Staleen pipeline. The €5 million investment will replace the 2.3km pipeline that brings water from the River Boyne to the Staleen Water Treatment Plant (WTP) where it is treated and pumped to the Donore Reservoir serving communities in Drogheda, South Louth and East Meath including the towns of Ashbourne, Laytown, Bettystown, Mornington, Donacarney, Ratoath, Duleek, Stamullen, Clogherhead and Termonfeckin. It has been a priority for Irish Water to replace this ageing strategic pipeline following two bursts over the last year and we have expedited the project to secure the water supply for the area as quickly as possible. The work on the pipe will be carried out by Murphy Process Engineering Limited on our behalf and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Staleen pipeline is over 50 years old

The Staleen pipeline is over 50 years old and is being replaced to ensure a secure and reliable water supply for homes and businesses in the area. We recognise and understand the frustrations experienced by the communities supplied by the pipeline when the bursts occurred and have worked hard since the burst in July 2017 to complete the design, legal agreements, archaeological and regulatory requirements to commence the project in as short a time frame as possible. The works are being carried under license granted by National Monuments Service, Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht.

Work has commenced on Staleen Water Treatment Plant

Separately, Irish Water commenced work late last year on a €14 million upgrade of the Staleen Water Treatment Plant (WTP) which serves Drogheda, South Louth and East Meath. The WTP was originally constructed in 1974 and upgraded in 1986 and is currently on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Remedial Action List (RAL) for exceedances of ‘trihalomethanes’ (THMs). The new WTP will ensure a safe and secure drinking water supply that will be removed from the RAL.

The Roughgrange Pumping Station which pumps water to the Staleen WTP is amongst our top energy users. Improvement measures have been identified to significantly improve its energy efficiency.

Further network upgrades to secure water supply for Ratoath community

We are also carrying out further network upgrades to secure the water supply for the Ratoath community. Works commenced on 21 May to replace this 1.4km of ageing water main. These works are scheduled to be completed during Autumn 2018 and will reduce issues associated with low pressure, disruptions in supply and will improve water quality. We are progressing plans to replace the existing asbestos cement water main from Windmill Hill Reservoir to Ratoath village. This will facilitate development in the Ratoath area. Detailed design and planning for this phase will commence later this year.

Other associated works

Irish Water also plans to replace the existing water main from Duleek to Windmill Hill Reservoir and upgrade the Cushinstown pump station to resolve issues associated with the existing water main which has resulted in significant outages. Detailed design and planning for this phase will also commence later this year.

Commenting on the project William McKnight, Infrastructure Regional Lead, said “Irish Water has commenced work to replace the ageing and problematic strategic Staleen pipeline which supplies water from the River Boyne to the Staleen Water Treatment Plant. We have worked to ensure the project was expedited to secure the water supply for the communities it serves following the significant bursts over the last year. Irish Water understands the frustrations experienced by these communities and the importance of replacing the pipeline as soon as possible for the health and wellbeing of the communities as well as the economic importance for businesses and the tourism industry in the towns and villages in the area. Initial site work commenced last week on the project and work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Once the pipeline has been replaced the water supply for approximately 90,000 people will be secured.

William McKnight, Infrastructure Regional Lead

Once the pipeline has been replaced the water supply for approximately 90,000 people will be secured. Irish Water thanks customers in these communities for their forbearance while we worked over the last year to finalise the design, legal, archaeological and regulatory requirements to commence the project. We will continue to engage with the community as we progress this project and the upgrade to the Staleen Water Treatment Plant. Once complete both projects will ensure the communities have a drinking water supply that is secure and protects public health by meeting all drinking water regulations. ”

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s recently published Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.

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