Irish Water is progressing with the building of a new water reservoir in Saggart, it has announced.
In partnership with Dublin City Council and South Dublin County Council, the water body said: “This essential project involves the construction of a new 100 million litre covered treated storage reservoir that will help to safeguard the water supply to homes and businesses in the Greater Dublin Area.
“The new state of the art reservoir will store 100 million litres of treated drinking water, the equivalent of 40 olympic sized swimming pools supplied from Ballymore Eustace Water treatment plant, Ireland’s largest water treatment plant.”
Irish Water says that construction on the reservoir will begin in March and it is expected that it will take three years to complete.
Coffey Construction Ireland Limited has been awarded the contract to develop the project.
“The upgrade marks the first significant investment in the existing Saggart waterworks since it was built in the 1950’s,” says Irish Water.
“The current waterworks will be replaced with a new reservoir that will provide treated drinking water storage building resilience in the water infrastructure for the GDA and improving the security of supply for existing and future residential and commercial development.
Speaking about the project Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien said: “The construction of this key piece of infrastructure demonstrates how Irish Water, working in partnership with Dublin City Council and South Dublin County Council, is delivering infrastructure that is critical for our communities and our economy.
“The delivery of this project will support existing and future residential and commercial development in the Greater Dublin Area and is one of a portfolio of water projects being delivered by Irish Water.”
Brian Sheehan, head of asset delivery, Irish Water said: “Irish Water is working to support social and economic growth in Ireland through the delivery of essential water and wastewater services.
“The size and scale of the task to improve water services for a modern growing economy shouldn’t be underestimated.
“We have made significant progress but there is work still to do as we continue to build world class water infrastructure through our multi-billion programme of investment.”
Irish Water says it is adhering to government and HSE guidance and in compliance with stringent Covid-19 controls to deliver this essential project.
For further information regarding this project please visit https://www.water.ie/projects-plans/saggart-reservoir-project/