Saturday 24 March 2018

Almost 340 water schemes risk axe if Irish Water is scrapped

Regulator says company has cut costs by €55m a year

Roundwood reservoir: 340 new schemes are at risk. Photo: Ronan Lang
Roundwood reservoir: 340 new schemes are at risk. Photo: Ronan Lang
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Almost 340 drinking and wastewater schemes planned for the next five years risk being axed if Irish Water is abolished.

The Irish Independent has obtained details of the company's €3.5bn capital investment plan for 2017 to 2021, which will be sent to the water regulator in the coming weeks for approval.

It sets out the investment needed on a range of projects ranging from new plants to replacement of mains, but also highlights issues which emerged during an in-depth investigation of the network which was operated by under-funded local authorities until 2013.

It finds that only a "fraction" of the €200m to €250m a year needed to maintain the network was allocated to councils, and that leak detection equipment costing €130m was not fully used, meaning treated water continued to be wasted.

The report sets out the piecemeal manner in which the system was operated in the past, where councils were never given the resources needed to maintain the extensive network which comprises 25,000kms of sewers, 63,000kms of pipelines and some 1,900 treatment plants.

The system needs some €13bn of investment to bring it up to standard, and Irish Water will seek permission from the water regulator - the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) - to spend €3.5bn between 2017 and 2021.

Such is the scale of the challenge that not enough money will be available in the short-term.

"Given that the full assessment of needs to meet all deficits is estimated as in the order of €13bn, it is clear that only the highest priority schemes can progress," it says. It adds that minor works and maintenance programmes will be "critical" to keep the system ticking over in the absence of a blank cheque.

The draft investment plan, sent to 77 statutory consultees, sets out where investment is needed.

But the final list of projects to go ahead is subject to change as Irish Water, local authorities and other consultees may suggest other projects.

It shows that works are required in each county across the country. Carlow needs four schemes, Cork needs 54. Donegal needs 32, and Dublin 49. Longford and Westmeath need three each.

The projects range in scope from new treatment plants to replacing pipes, protecting drinking water sources and using a treatment called orthophosphate to reduce the risk of leak contamination.

But it also sets out some of the major projects to be progressed, including replacement of the Vartry Tunnel which serves 200,000 people in Dublin, but at more than 140 years old is in danger of collapse.

A new supply for Dublin and the Midlands, amalgamation of plants in Galway and Mayo and a wastewater treatment scheme for the Cork Lower Harbour are also proposed. The equivalent of more than 44,000 wheelie-bins of raw sewage is discharged into Cork without treatment every day.

Not all the projects will be approved by the regulator, which must also be satisfied that the utility is operating the network efficiently and at a reduced cost.

Irish Water is obliged to reduce operational costs by 7pc, and has met this target, the CER said. It is understood the savings are between €55m and €60m a year.

"The early indications are that the utility has broadly achieved the efficiency targets that we set them, but this is subject to further extensive review," the CER said, adding the review would be published in the summer.

The Irish Water plan also proposes amalgamating almost 600 drinking water plants to reduce costs. This will result in reducing the workforce in some local authorities, and is subject to negotiation with unions.

Counties affected include Donegal, Waterford, Cork and Galway. The reason is because 600 plants produce just 20pc of the 1.7 billion litres of drinking water needed every day.

The plan also highlights that of the 592 wastewater plants serving a population of 500 or more, 415 have issues. Some 96 have already been addressed, with 241 earmarked for investment under the capital plan. The remaining 78 do not require capital works.

The first investment plan for 2014 to 2016 totalled almost €2bn, of which €540m was for the installation of meters. Some 349 capital projects were in the first tranche of investment, of which 124 are due for completion this year, with the remainder in planning or under construction.

CarlowTotal: 4
Asset Class Project Name
Drinking Water Carlow Water Conservation - Watermains Rehabilitation Project
Wastewater Borris WWTP
Wastewater Muinebheag & Leighlinbridge WWTP
Wastewater Tullow WWTP
CavanTotal: 10
Asset Class Project Name
Drinking Water Belturbet WTW
Drinking Water Knockataggart WTW
Drinking Water Lisanisky WTW (2nd WTW) (Kingscourt RWSS)
Drinking Water Swanlinbar WTW
Wastewater Bailieborough WWTP
Wastewater Ballyjamesduff WWTP
Wastewater Cootehill WWTP
Wastewater Kingscourt WWTP
Wastewater Virginia WW Network
Wastewater Virginia WWTP
ClareTotal: 11
Asset Class Project Name
Wastewater Ballyvaughan WWTP
Wastewater Clarecastle WW Network
Wastewater Ennistymon WWTP
Wastewater Kilfenora WWTP
Wastewater Kilkee WWTP
Wastewater Kilrush WWTP
Wastewater Liscannor WWTP
Wastewater Newmarket-on-Fergus WWTP
Wastewater Quin WWTP
Wastewater Shannon Sewerage Scheme
Wastewater Shannon Town WW Network
CorkTotal: 54
Asset Class Project Name
Drinking Water Baltimore WTW (Skibbereen (Lake Cross) WTW) and Ballyhilty WTW
Drinking Water Banteer / Dromahane Regional Water Supply Scheme
Drinking Water Bantry RWSS (Kealkill)
Drinking Water Cape Clear Water Supply Scheme
Drinking Water Castletownbere Regional Water Supply Scheme Phase 1 WTW, Reservoir & Network
Drinking Water Cork City Water Conservation Stage 3 Works - Watermain Rehabilitation Phase 1 - Shanakiel to Tivoli Trunk Main Replacement Contract
Drinking Water Cork City Water Supply Scheme Network (Wilton Lee Road Trunk Main)
Drinking Water Cork County - Mains Rehabilitation Works
Drinking Water Dunmanway Regional Water Supply Scheme Phase 1 - WTW Upgrade & Raw Water Rising Main
Drinking Water Inniscarra WTW and Cork City Water Supply Scheme (Storage Mt Elma, Ballincollig & Chetwynd) (G) Network and Reservoirs
Drinking Water Inniscarra WTW Sludge Upgrade
Drinking Water Lee Road WTW (Wilton/Lee, Shanakiel)
Drinking Water Midleton WTW
Drinking Water Shanakiel Rising Main
Wastewater Ballincollig WW Network
Wastewater Ballingeary WWTP
Wastewater Ballycotton WWTP
Wastewater Ballyvourney/Ballymakeera Sewerage Scheme WWTP
Wastewater Bandon Sewerage Scheme Phase 2 Network
Wastewater BandonWWTP
Wastewater Bantry WW Network
Wastewater Boherbue WWTP
Wastewater Castlemartyr WWTP
Wastewater Castletownbere WW Network
Wastewater Castletownbere Waste Water Outfall
Wastewater Castletownsend WWTP
Wastewater Charleville WWTP
Wastewater Coachford WWTP
Wastewater Cork City - St Patricks Culvert
Wastewater Cork City WW Network
Wastewater Cork City WWTP
Wastewater Cork Lower Harbour - WWTP & Pumping Station DBO
Wastewater Cork Lower Harbour Project - Carrigaline / Ringaskiddy Networks
Wastewater Cork Lower Harbour Project - Cobh Networks
Wastewater Cork Lower Harbour Project Passage - West / Monkstown Networks
Wastewater Courtmacsherry / Timoleague Sewerage Scheme
Wastewater Dripsey WWTP
Wastewater Dunmanway WW Network
Wastewater Fermoy WW Network
Wastewater Inchigeelagh WWTP
Wastewater Innishannon Sewerage Scheme (SLI) WWTP Upgrade
Wastewater Kanturk WWTP
Wastewater Macroom WWTP
Wastewater Mallow Sewerage Scheme (H) Network
Wastewater Mallow WWTP
Wastewater Midleton WW Network
Wastewater Millstreet Sewerage Scheme WWTP
Wastewater Mitchelstown WW Network
Wastewater Mitchelstown WWTP
Wastewater Newmarket WWTP
Wastewater Rosscarbery/Owenahincha WWTP
Wastewater West Cork WW Grouped DBO Scheme
Wastewater Whitegate/Aghada WW Network
Wastewater Whitegate/Aghada WWTP
DonegalTotal: 32
Asset Class Project Name
Drinking Water Ballyshannon WTW (Parkhill or Marymount WTW) Ph 1-New Knaddar WTW
Drinking Water Gortahork - Falcarragh WTW, Ards Beg
Drinking Water Illies WTW (Inishowen RWSS/Pollan Dam WTW)
Drinking Water Inishowen Regional Water Supply Scheme Trunk Mains
Drinking Water Killybegs WTW
Drinking Water Letterkenny WTW Goldrum
Drinking Water Lettermacaward WTW
Drinking Water Lough Mourne WTW (Meencrumlin)
Drinking Water Owenteskna WTW (Lergynasearagh Meter House )
Wastewater Ballybofey/Stranorlar WW Network
Wastewater Ballybofey-Stranolar WWTP
Wastewater Ballyliffen WWTP
Wastewater Bridgend WWTP
Wastewater Buncrana Sewerage Scheme
Wastewater Burnfoot WWTP
Wastewater Burtonport H.E. WWTP
Wastewater Carrigart WWTP
Wastewater Donegal (Group B) Sewerage Schemes Wastewater Treatment Plants
Wastewater Dunfanaghy-Portnablagh WWTP
Wastewater Fahan WWTP
Wastewater Falcarragh WWTP
Wastewater Kerrykeel WWTP
Wastewater Kilcar WWTP
Wastewater Kilmacrenan WW Network
Wastewater Kilmacrennan WWTP
Wastewater Milford WW Network
Wastewater Milford WWTP
Wastewater Mountcharles WW Network
Wastewater Moville WWTP
Wastewater Ramelton WW Network
Wastewater Ramelton WWTP
Wastewater Raphoe WWTP
DublinTotal: 49
Asset Class Project Name
Drinking Water Balbriggan Water Supply Scheme Ph2 Jordanstown to Kilsough trunk main
Drinking Water Ballyboden Reservoir
Drinking Water Ballycoolen Trunk Main (Ballycoolen/Kingstown)
Drinking Water Ballymore Eustace WTW (Liffey Waterworks ) Saggart Reservoir
Drinking Water Dublin City - Water Conservation
Drinking Water Dublin City - Water Conservation Works - SDCC
Drinking Water Leixlip WTW (Howth, Malahide, Peamount/Saggart, Jordanstown/Kilsough, Ballycoolin/Kingstown))
Drinking Water North City Water Supply Scheme (Arterial Watermain)
Drinking Water Old Connaught/Woodbrook Water Scheme
Drinking Water Peamount to Saggart Pump Station and Rising Main
Drinking Water Stillorgan Saggart Trunkmains
Drinking Water Swords Watermain Rehabilitation Scheme
Drinking Water Vartry - Stillorgan Reservoir
Drinking Water Vartry - Tunnel Replacement
Drinking Water Vartry Reservoir
Drinking Water Vartry WTW (Mid-Wicklow RWSS, Old Connaught)
Drinking Water Water Supply Project - East & Midlands Region
Wastewater Balbriggan Skerries Wastewater Treatment - Rush Road
Wastewater Balbriggan/Skerries Phase 3 Loughshinny WW Network
Wastewater Blanchardstown Sewerage Scheme
Wastewater Blanchardstown WW Network
Wastewater DLR SS Ph1 C2 Nwk Upgrd Tunnel
Wastewater Doldrum Bay WW Network
Wastewater Goatstown Rd Local Network Reinforcement
Wastewater Greater Dublin Drainage Project
Wastewater Johnstown Rd, Cabinteely Local Network Reinforcement
Wastewater Kinsealy Local Network Reinforcement
Wastewater Landscape Rd, Churchtown Local Network Reinforcement
Wastewater Liffey Siphon (Rosie Hackett Bridge)
Wastewater Liffey Siphon Refurbishment
Wastewater Lusk Local Network Reinforcement
Wastewater Malahide WW Network
Wastewater Newcastle Local Network Reinforcement
Wastewater North Docklands Sewerage Scheme
Wastewater Old Connaught Local Network Reinforcement
Wastewater Oldcourt Local Network Reinforcement
Wastewater Portmarnock South Local Network Reinforcement
Wastewater Rathmichael/Shankhill WW Network
Wastewater Ringsend - City Centre - GDSDS F001 WW Network
Wastewater Ringsend - Rathmines and Pembroke - GDSDS F005 WW Network
Wastewater Ringsend WWTP
Wastewater Ringsend WWTP - Surgical Works
Wastewater Rush Road Pumping Station & Gravity Sewer
Wastewater SDZ North Docklands Ancillary Water Services
Wastewater South Docklands SDZ Sewerage Scheme
Wastewater Swords WW Network
Wastewater Swords Nwk Old Town_Mooretown
Wastewater Swords WWTP Outfall
Wastewater Torquay Rd, Leopardstown Local Network Reinforcement
GalwayTotal: 24
Asset Class Project Name
Drinking Water Ballinasloe WTW
Drinking Water Carraroe WSS
Drinking Water Galway City Water Conservation
Drinking Water Inis Oir & Inis Mean WSS
Drinking Water Leenane WTW
Drinking Water Terryland WTW
Drinking Water Tuam Regional Water Supply Scheme Extension
Drinking Water Tuam RWSS Ext Ph 1 and Ph 2
Wastewater Ahascragh WWTP
Wastewater Athenry Sewerage Scheme
Wastewater Athenry WWTP
Wastewater Ballinasloe Contract No. 2
Wastewater Ballygar WWTP
Wastewater Carraroe Waste Water Outfall
Wastewater Eyrecourt WWTP
Wastewater Galway City WW Network
Wastewater Glenamaddy Sewerage Scheme
Wastewater Kinvara Sewerage Scheme Network
Wastewater Mountbellew WWTP
Wastewater Oughterard Sewerage Scheme WWTP Upgrade
Wastewater Roundstone (No WWTP)
Wastewater Roundstone Wastewater Outfall
Wastewater Spiddal WW Network
Wastewater Spiddal WWTP Expansion
KerryTotal: 14
Asset Class Project Name
Drinking Water County Kerry Water Conservation
Drinking Water Dawros WTW
Drinking Water Kenmare RWSS
Drinking Water Kerry Water Conservation Mains Rehabilitation
Drinking Water Lauragh WTW (Lauragh Chlorination House)
Drinking Water Lough Guitane Headworks (Central Kerry RWSS)
Drinking Water Mountain Stage WSS
Drinking Water Water Conservation Mains Rehab - Derry Listowel
Wastewater Ardfert SS - WWTP Upgrade
Wastewater Ballylongford & Tarbert SS WWTP
Wastewater Kenmare WWTP
Wastewater Kilcummin Sewerage Scheme
Wastewater Listowel WW Network
Wastewater Tralee WW Network
KildareTotal: 7
Asset Class Project Name
Wastewater Celbridge Local Network Reinforcement
Wastewater Kildare Sewerage Scheme Network
Wastewater Leixlip Transfer Pipeline
Wastewater Lower Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme WWTP
Wastewater Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme
Wastewater Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme Phase 3 Contract 2A (Network)
Wastewater Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme Phase 3 Osberstown WWTP Upgrade
KilkennyTotal: 7
Asset Class Project Name
Drinking Water Gowran WSS
Drinking Water Inistioge Water Supply Scheme
Drinking Water Kilkenny Water Conservation Mains Rehabilitation
Drinking Water Troyswood WTW (Outrath)
Wastewater Inistioge WWTP
Wastewater Mullinavat WWTP
Wastewater Piltown WWTP
LaoisTotal: 10
Asset Class Project Name
Drinking Water Kilminchy WTW
Drinking Water Laois Water Water Conservation Stage 3 Works
Drinking Water Le Bergerie WTW (Portarlington RWSS)
Drinking Water Portarlington Water Supply Scheme
Wastewater Laois Grouped Towns Sewerage Scheme Network
Wastewater Laois Grouped Towns Sewerage Scheme WWTP
Wastewater Mountmellick Sewerage Scheme Phases 2 and 3
Wastewater Portarlington Sewerage Scheme
Wastewater Portarlington Sewerage Scheme WWTP (Inlet Works)
Wastewater Portlaoise WW Network
LeitrimTotal: 4
Asset Class Project Name
Drinking Water Moneyduff WTW (North Leitrim RWSS)
Wastewater Drumshanbo WWTP
Wastewater Manorhamilton WWTP
Wastewater Mohill WWTP
LimerickTotal: 3
Asset Class Project Name
Wastewater Dromcollagher WW Network
Drinking Water Clareville Augmentation/Rationalisation including Adare/Patrickswell Water Supply Scheme Network (Patrickswell to Adare)
Wastewater Limerick WWTP
LongfordTotal: 3
Asset Class Project Name
Drinking Water Longford - Water Conservation
Drinking Water Lough Forbes WTW (Lanesborough)
Wastewater Longford WW Network
LouthTotal: 15
Asset Class Project Name
Drinking Water Cavan Hill WTW (Dundalk RWSS)
Drinking Water Drogheda to Staleen Trunkmain
Drinking Water Louth (Dundalk) Water Conservation
Drinking Water Staleen WTW (Drogheda RWSS)
Wastewater Ardee WW Network
Wastewater Ardee WWTP
Wastewater Blackrock WWTP
Wastewater Blackrock, Dundalk Local Network Reinforcement
Wastewater Carlingford WWTP
Wastewater Clogherhead WWTP
Wastewater Drogheda WW Network
Wastewater Drogheda WWTP
Wastewater Dundalk WWTP
Wastewater Omeath Sewerage Scheme Wastewater Outfall
Wastewater Rathmullen Rd, Drogheda Local Network Reinforcement
MayoProject Name
Asset Class Total: 6
Drinking Water Inishturk WTW
Drinking Water Lough Mask WTW Upgrade
Wastewater Ballinrobe WWTP
Wastewater Ballyhaunis WWTP
Wastewater Belmullet, Foxford & Charlestown Sewerage Scheme Network & WWTPs
Wastewater Killala Sewerage Scheme Network & WWTP
MeathTotal: 9
Asset Class Project Name
Drinking Water Kells Oldcastle
Drinking Water Liscartan WTW
Drinking Water Meath Countywide Water Conservation Project: Watermains Rehabilitation
Drinking Water Navan Mid-Meath
Wastewater Ashbourne Ratoath Sewerage Scheme Network
Wastewater Enfield WWTP
Wastewater Kells (Meath) WWTP
Wastewater Kells Sewerage Scheme
Wastewater Stamullen WWTP
MonaghanProject Name
Asset Class Total: 5
Drinking Water Kilkitt WTW (Lough Egish RWSS)
Drinking Water Monaghan Water Conservation
Wastewater Carrickmacross WWTP
Wastewater Castleblaney Sewerage Scheme Phase 1 WWTP
Wastewater Monaghan Town WW Network
OffalyTotal: 8
Asset Class Project Name
Drinking Water Offaly - Water Conservation - Edenderry Francis Street, Edenderry South East
Drinking Water Seefin WTW (Birr WSS)
Drinking Water Tullamore Water Supply Scheme Phase 5 (G) WTW Upgrade (Clonaslee)
Drinking Water Tullamore WSS_ DWTW & DWNS
Wastewater Banagher WWTP
Wastewater Birr WWTP
Wastewater Edenderry WW Network
Wastewater Tullamore WW Network
Roscommon Total: 5
Asset Class Project Name
Drinking Water Lough Gara WTW
Drinking Water Rockingham WTW
Wastewater Boyle WW Network
Wastewater Monksland WW Network
Wastewater Roscommon Sewerage Scheme
SligoTotal : 11
Asset ClassProject Name
Drinking Water Foxes Den/Carins Hill WTWs (Foxes Den)
Drinking Water Lough Talt WTW
Drinking Water Sligo - Water Conservation
Drinking Water Sligo Water Conservation Stage 3 Lough Talt RWater Supply Scheme
Wastewater Ballinacarrow and Environs WWTP
Wastewater Ballymote WWTP
Wastewater Collooney WWTP
Wastewater Grange/Strandhill/Tubbercurry Sewerage Scheme WWTPs Upgrades
Wastewater Mullaghmore WWTP
Wastewater Rosses Point WW Network
Wastewater Sligo Sewerage Scheme
Tipperary Total: 15
Asset ClassProject Name
Drinking Water Coalbrook WTW
Drinking Water Mullinbawn Pump Station
Drinking Water Nenagh Town Water Conservation
Drinking Water New Barn Demesne WTW (Clonmel Regional Water Supply Scheme)
Drinking Water New Thurles WTW
Wastewater Ballina WWTP
Wastewater Cashel WWTP
Wastewater Fethard WWTP
Wastewater Nenagh New WWTP
Wastewater Nenagh Wastewater Network
Wastewater Newport (TN) WWTP
Wastewater Roscrea WW Network
Wastewater Thurles WW Network
Wastewater Tipperary-Town WWTP
Drinking Water Graigue Watermain & Borehole (Clonmel RWSS)
Waterford Total: 10
Asset ClassProject Name
Drinking Water LCB Lismore WTW (LCB Lismore (Filter Beds) )
Drinking Water Ring/Helvick Water Supply Scheme Source, Reservoir & Network Contract
Drinking Water Tallow WTW
Drinking Water Waterford County - Water Conservation
Wastewater Passage East WWTP
Drinking Water Ballinacourty/Deelish Water Supply Scheme Contract 1 (Network)
Drinking Water Dungarvan Water Supply Scheme Network and reservoir
Drinking Water Dunmore East Water Supply Scheme Phase 2 Network Upgrade & Storage
Drinking Water East Waterford Water Supply Scheme (G) Network (Adamstown to Waterford City)
Drinking Water River Finisk BH and Storage
Westmeath Total: 3
Asset ClassProject Name
Drinking Water South Westmeath RWSS (Mullingar)
Wastewater Athlone Main Drainage WWTW Upgrade C2
Wastewater Athlone Sewerage Scheme Interim WWTP Upgrade
WexfordTotal: 12
Asset ClassProject Name
Drinking Water Gorey RWSS Contract 4 (Water Treatment Plant, Reservoir & Pumping Station)
Drinking Water Wexford - Water Conservation
Wastewater Arthurstown Waste Water Outfall
Wastewater Ballyhack and Environs WWTP
Wastewater Duncannon WWTP
Wastewater Enniscorthy Main Drainage
Wastewater Enniscorthy WWTP
Wastewater Fethard-on-Sea WWTP
Wastewater Kilmore Quay Village and Environs Waste Water Outfall
Wastewater Wexford WWTP DBO
Drinking Water Enniscorthy and Sow Regional Water Supply Scheme
Wastewater Ferns WWTP
Wicklow Total: 6
Asset ClassProject Name
Drinking Water Mid Wicklow Water Supply Scheme
Wastewater Arklow and Environs WW Network
Wastewater Arklow WWTP
Wastewater Avoca WWTP
Wastewater Greystones WW Network
Wastewater Wicklow Local Network Reinforcement

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