20 February 2020 Go back to News
Works progressing at Leixlip water treatment plant as the water supply is continually managed across the Greater Dublin Area
Upgrade works being carried out as quickly and as safely as possible
Irish Water is progressing with works at the old Leixlip Water Treatment Plant in order to safeguard the water supply for homes and businesses in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA). The upgrade works are being carried out as quickly and as safely as possible whilst maintaining a safe drinking water supply to the GDA. Works to upgrade the filters are scheduled to be complete in June 2020 and further works, including the provision of UV disinfection will also be completed this year. While these works are underway, the water production capacity of Leixlip water treatment plant has been significantly reduced. The balance between the amount of water we can sustainably produce and the demand on water required for the GDA remains critical, therefore, we are once again asking all customers to help us to reduce demand by conserving water.
Simple water conservation efforts can have a significant impact on reducing demand on the supply. Irish Water is appealing to customers to conserve water through actions such as, turning off the tap while brushing your teeth and shaving which can save up to 6 litres of water per minute. Keeping a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the cold tap can save 10 litres of water per day. For more tips on how to reduce your water usage please visit our Water Conservation section.
Reducing leakage and upgrades to supplies
Along with our Local Authority partners, Irish Water is also fixing leaks and upgrading the water supply system. As part of our leakage reduction programme, Irish Water has replaced almost 90km of water mains in the Greater Dublin Area since 2018, which is the equivalent of two M50s. Overall, we have seen a reduction in the leakage rate which now stands at 37% in the Dublin area.
To further support supply into the future Irish Water is also currently upgrading the Vartry Water Supply Scheme by building a new treatment plant in Vartry, and upgrading the treated water reservoir at Stillorgan, these upgrades are due to be completed in 2021. As part of the scheme we completed a new Vartry to Callowhill pipeline in 2019, securing the water supply for more than 200,000 people in north Wicklow and south Dublin. All these works represent an investment of approximately €200 million in the Vartry scheme, which will secure the drinking water supply for the area for decades to come.
What is involved?
Speaking about the upgrade works at Leixlip Water Treatment plant and the water supply in the Greater Dublin Area, John O Donoghue, Regional Operations Manager, Irish Water, said, “Works at Leixlip Water Treatment plant are progressing well and the filter upgrades are on-schedule to be completed in June at which point we can bring the plant back to full treated drinking water production capacity. In the meantime, Irish Water and our Local Authority partners in the GDA are reminding customers to be mindful of their water use and to only use what they need. During the drought in Summer 2018, the conservation measures that people took in their homes and businesses helped to significantly reduce demand. However, when the urgency of a drought passes, and during cold, wet weather, it is easy to lose focus on how precious water is. Safe, clean, treated drinking water is not in unlimited supply. We are also encouraging the public to report any visible leaks via our customer contact centre so that they can be prioritised for repair.”
To report a leak please contact Irish Water on 1850 278 278. For more information on water conservation visit our Water Conservation section.