Monday 23 October 2017

Oisin Quinn: Why we must tap into investment to keep water flowing in our ever expanding capital

Oisin Quinn
Oisin Quinn
The Ballymore Eustace Water treatment plant which was completed in the 1920s, produces 310 million litres of the 550 million litres of water for use in Dublin each day

FOR many years no one has taken seriously the need for major investment in additional water capacity for the Dublin region. The current problem is a result of lack of capacity – Dublin can only produce 1pc more water than it needs.

The immediate cause of the shortage is due to a so-far unexplained change in the nature of the water coming from the Poulaphouca reservoir. Dublin City engineers and scientists, together with international colleagues, are working around the clock to address this problem.

More worryingly, production at the Ballymore Eustace treatment plant is falling on a daily basis. This plant produces more than half of Dublin's water. At full capacity our three water plants of Ballymore Eustace, Leixlip and Roundwood can produce 530 million litres per day. This is only 1pc more than the city needs.

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