Works continue to upgrade the water infrastructure in Fingal

06 September 2021

Irish Water working in partnership with Fingal County Council has completed extensive water supply works in Malahide and Balbriggan, while works in Howth are also close to completion. These essential works will improve the security of the drinking water supply for homes and businesses and will allow for social and economic growth and development in Fingal.

In Malahide Irish Water has constructed a new water main between Swords and Malahide.

Speaking about the works in Malahide, Shea Hudson, Fingal County Council said, “By Irish Water replacing the old 300mm asbestos main with the new 500mm ductile iron main, the supply to Malahide Reservoir has been future proofed and also the reservoir can now be filled in a more timely manner.

Shea added, “I thoroughly enjoyed working on this collaborative project with all the team involved making it such a success and ensuring a good quality water supply for the residents of Malahide and Portmarnock.  

Works in Balbriggan included the construction of 6km of new watermain from Jordanstown Reservoir to Kilsough Reservoir. These works enabled the decommissioning of a pumping station at Kilsough Reservoir which has achieved substantial savings in energy use and demonstrates Irish Water’s commitment to improving energy efficiency and reducing our carbon footprint.

In Howth, six kilometres of watermain have been constructed including at three railway crossings. In addition a new pumping station and chlorination building has been constructed at Dungriffen Reservoir.  Final commissioning of the works in Howth is currently underway.

Speaking about Irish Water’s investment in Fingal, William McKnight, Irish Water, said, “The delivery of these water supply works over the last 2 years form part of a significant investment of almost €22 million by Irish Water to safeguard the water supply in Fingal. Upgrading the water infrastructure will ensure that customers in Howth, Malahide, Portmarnock, Swords and Balbriggan will have a more reliable and secure supply which will result in fewer disruptions to their water supply.

John Craddock Limited has delivered these works on behalf of Irish Water and in line with government and HSE COVID-19 advice.

Irish Water is continuing to work at this time, with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services.

For further information please visit our Howth Water Supply Scheme project page.