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Monday 10 December 2018

Irish Water gets the go-ahead for €200m treatment plant upgrade

The Vartry Reservoir in Co Wicklow
The Vartry Reservoir in Co Wicklow
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Irish Water has been given the green light to replace the 150-year old Vartry water treatment plant with a new facility to provide water for 200,000 people in Wicklow and south Dublin.

An Bord Pleanála has ruled the project can go ahead, despite opposition from Inland Fisheries Ireland and others about concerns it would affect water levels in the Vartry, an important salmon and trout river.

The existing scheme was built in the 1860s and includes two reservoirs, a treatment plant, a 4km tunnel under Callowhill and 40km of trunk mains which delivers water to the Stillorgan reservoir.

Irish Water proposes spending €200m upgrading the plant, covering the Stillorgan reservoir and developing a new pipeline.

The Vartry supply scheme has been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency as being in urgent need of improvement.

Irish Independent

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