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Sunday 20 April 2014

Irish Water by the numbers

What we learned yesterday . . .

€10bn

Amount needed to bring the network up to standard

€600m

Annual investment needed

€1.5bn

Spend on water services since 2009

40%

Amount of water lost through leakage

80

Number of waste water treatment plants not meeting EU standards, or one in four

40%

Waste water treatment plants operating above design capacity

19,000

Number of people forced to boil water to make it safe for drinking

€11bn

Value of water treatment plants and other infrastructure

1,800,000

Number of Irish Water customers

10,000

Number of ‘overground’ facilities, of which 2,000 are treatment plants

 

Priority projects

* Upgrade plants in Roscommon where boil water notices are in place. They include Castlerea (serving 6,350), Killeglin and Boyle (12,200)

* Replace lead pipes in homes built between 1930 and 1950. This will take up to 15 years

* New drinking water supply from Dublin is being fast-tracked for delivery in seven, and not 10 years, as originally planned

* Upgrade of Ringsend Waste Water treatment plant

* Delivery of new sewerage system for the capital, called the Greater Dublin Drainage Project which involves construction of a new waste water treatment plant

* New sewer networks and expansion of plants in Leixlip and Naas/ Newbridge

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