Dublin to 'run out of water in 10 years'
Dublin and the Midlands will effectively "run out of water" within a decade unless a new supply from the River Shannon is developed.
Irish Water managing director Jerry Grant has told the Dáil Housing Committee that if the company replaced 2,000km of cast-iron mains in the capital to reduce leaks - instead of developing the new scheme - it would "paralyse" the city for up to a decade with works on the capital's streets.
Mr Grant said that as much as 40pc of the River Liffey was abstracted to provide drinking water for the capital, which was "not sustainable". If supply was cut off, it would result in economic losses running to €78m a day. The planned pipeline from the Shannon will abstract 330 million litres of water a day from the Parteen Basin.
Irish Water said it was committed to extensive public consultation, and hoped to seek planning permission for the €1.2bn project at the end of this year.