21 March 2019 Go back to News
Works to improve the security of water in Balbriggan
Constructing a new 6km water main from Jordanstown Reservoir to Kilsough Reservoir in Balbriggan
Irish Water working in partnership with Fingal County Council is constructing a new 6km water main from Jordanstown Reservoir to Kilsough Reservoir in Balbriggan which will benefit homes and businesses in the area. These works will commence on 25 March, 2019 at the Five Roads Junction on the R132 and will progress towards Balbriggan in phases. The works are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
Improve the security of supply for the area
Once completed this project will improve the security of supply and ensure that there are less unplanned water interruptions while providing the capability to meet future demands for housing and business in Balbriggan. This project is being delivered alongside similar projects in Malahide and Howth, representing an investment of €21.7 million to improve water supply in these communities.
Some short-term water shut offs may be necessary
We have planned the works in short sections in order to limit disruption. Traffic management will be in place over the course of the works so as to minimise traffic disruption. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. Works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs. The works will be carried out on our behalf by John Craddock Limited/TES (NI) Joint Venture.
Speaking about the project, William McKnight, Irish Water, said, “The construction of a new 6km water main in Balbriggan is vital to ensure a safer and a more secure water supply to homes and businesses in the area and will also support the economic and social development of the area. The works in Balbriggan form part of a significant investment of almost €22 million by Irish Water to improve the water infrastructure in Fingal. Upgrading the water infrastructure will ensure that customers in Howth, Malahide and Balbriggan will have a more reliable and secure supply which will result in fewer disruptions to their water supply. Irish Water understands this type of work can be inconvenient and we will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these works may cause.”
Residents in the areas of the works have been notified and customers can call our customer helpline on 1850 278 278 with any questions in relation to the works. Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in our Business Plan up to 2021. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6bn.
For further information regarding this or any of our other projects please visit Our Projects page.