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Irish Water by the numbers

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Amount needed to bring the network up to standard


Annual investment needed


Spend on water services since 2009


Amount of water lost through leakage


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


Waste water treatment plants operating above design capacity


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


Value of water treatment plants and other infrastructure


Number of Irish Water customers


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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