Will your farm be hit by the new Shannon-to-Dublin water pipeline?
Irish Water has unveiled the final route of a €950m water pipeline from the River Shannon to Dublin.
Around 500 landowners are understood to be affected and it is understood that around 80pc are expected to agree terms and conditions with Irish Water, based on the experience of Gas Networks Ireland.
Between 10pc and 20pc of land values will be paid over the next year to secure options in advance of formal planning application.
It is understood that Compulsory Purchase Orders will not be necessary in the majority of cases, but may be necessary for some 20pc of landowners unwilling to allow their land be used.
Farmers whose land is affected over the 170km of pipeline will initially be required to provide 50m of a working width which will be reduced to a permanent 20m wayleave when construction is finished.
Irish Water is launching the fourth public consultation phase on the Preferred Scheme for a New Water Supply for the Eastern and Midlands Region (WSP).
It says this will represent the first major comprehensive upgrade of ‘new source’ infrastructure in over 60 years and will meet the domestic and commercial needs of over 40% of Ireland’s population into the medium to long term future.
On 8 November 2016, Irish Water published the Final Options Appraisal Report (FOAR), which identified abstraction from the Parteen Basin in Tipperary as the Preferred Scheme for a new source of water supply for the Eastern and Midlands Region.