Wednesday 28 September 2016

Water network upgrades near completion at cost of €40m

Published 13/11/2015 | 02:30

Irish Water chief John Tierney
Irish Water chief John Tierney

Essential upgrades of the water network in the south-east costing €40m will be completed in the coming months.

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Irish Water said that projects, including new treatment plants in Waterford city and county, are nearing completion, which will help address "historical" infrastructure deficits.

The works include the Waterford city water mains rehabilitation project, which involves replacement of 30kms of pipe and replacement of 2,000 connections to private properties at a cost of €7m, which has recently been completed.

Others include a wastewater treatment plant for seven towns and villages including Ardmore, Cappoquin, Dunmore East, Kilmacthomas, Stradbally and Tallow; the Cheekpoint wastewater plant which will be sufficient for the next 20 years, and the Dunmore East collection system costing €3.7m, which will upgrade the sewerage system.

"Our water and wastewater services are not fit for purpose," regional information officer at Irish Water Aisling Buckley said. "As is common across much of the country, the water infrastructure in Waterford is old and needs to be upgraded."

Irish Independent

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