Irish Water to invest €1.8 billion in water and waste treatment

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improvements in drinking water quality and leakage

Irish Water is planning to invest almost €1.8 billion in water and waste treatment improvements over the next three years.

The investment, which is substantially more than the indicative funding available to the utility, will deliver urgently needed improvements in drinking water quality, leakage, water availability, and waste water compliance.

Five months after being set up by the Government Irish Water is now taking control, reprioritizing, and ramping up the water infrastructure programmes of our 34 local authorities.

The programme is going to cost €1.77 billion in the first three years, but there will be billions more spent over the following five or six years.

That represents a big boost in investment for the economy with over 380 separate projects listed.

The priorities include eliminating boil water notices in Roscommon, providing more water, and reducing disruptions to water supply in the Dublin Area.

Improving water quality, increasing waste water treatment capacity, and improving environmental compliance are also priorities.

With in excess of 700 million litres of water per day being lost through leaking water pipes a major programme to tackle leakages is included.

Irish Water says that this leakage programme, combined with the completion of existing works at Ballymore Eustace and Leixlip, will solve Dublin’s water issue in the short-term.

However, Irish Water says that the project to divert water from the river Shannon to the Greater Dublin Area will still be required in the medium-term.