A TOTAL of €3.3m is to be spent sorting out the sludge problem at the water treatment plant which left 1.5 million Dubliners without nightly water supplies last month.
Environment Minister Phil Hogan has provided the money for a new sludge treatment facility to be built at the Ballymore Eustace plant in Co Kildare, which is the largest in the country.
Dublin City Council says this will allow the plant to "achieve its maximum production output of 310 million litres of water per day on a sustainable basis".
It says this new facility, and the expansion of the Fingal County Council plant at Leixlip, Co Kildare, will boost capacity for the Dublin region.
The sludge problem at the Ballymore Eustace plant led to a nightly shutdown of Dublin water supplies for over a week.
Dublin uses an average of 550 million litres of water a day, 310 million of which come from Ballymore Eustace.