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John Drennan: Bogland back-up plan for dwindling water supply

Published 12/06/2011 | 05:00

Dublin's water supply is on a "continuous knife edge", according to state agency Bord na Mona which wants to build a 'bogland' reservoir to supply the city.

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Widespread water rationing could occur in the coming years, the company warns, because there is no national "strategic reserve'' of water supplies. Such a development would be disastrous for agriculture and would severely hinder the possibility of the State attracting further multi-national investors.

The warning is contained in a document by Bord na Mona on the viability of building a new reservoir on a 1,500-acre site at Garryhinch Bog on the Laois-Offaly border.

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