Monday 27 May 2019

Plan in place to keep taps in Skerries flowing

Positive news for Skerries and Balbriggan from Irish Water

John Manning

Irish Water has had a meeting in Skerries to update local residents on plans it is putting in place to avoid a repeat of this summer's water supply problems in the town, which saw some of the town's newer estates lose supply altogether for long periods of time.

Following that meeting, Cllr Tom O'Leary (FG) who attended, said that the utility has 'a funded plan in place ot upgrade the supply of water in Skerries'.

The immediate work will involve the laying of new water supply pipeline measruing about 1km that will improve water pressure to higher ground in Skerries.

Irish Water are also set to install a new pumping station by the end of 2019 aimed at increasing the rate of water to the reservoir feeding the area.

A long-term plan is set to be actioned between 2020 and 2024 to provide an alternative supply to Skerries beyond the Thomastown Reservoir that currently feeds it.

In attendance at the meeting with the utility were residents from the Barnageeragh Cove area, who were particularly badly affected, this summer.

Separately, Irish Water has confirmed to the Fingal Independent that on the wastewater front, improvements are also on the way to Balbriggan and Skerries.

Irish Water is investing €8.5 million in the Balbriggan Skerries Sewerage Network Improvement Scheme.

Irish Water is constructing a new wastewater pumping station and storm water storage tank on the existing Rush Road Pumping Station site.

A new 670m sewer will also be constructed along Holmpatrick from Shenick Road to Church Street.

This project will commence this month and is scheduled to be completed in April 2019.

According to Irish Water: 'This significant investment will help meet the wastewater requirements of domestic and commercial customers in Skerries and the surrounding area.

'The completion of this project will facilitate future growth in the area and will reduce the maintenance cost associated with the aging network.'

An Irish Water spokesperson added: 'The construction of the new storm storage tank will reduce risk of pollution to the nearby watercourses and coastal areas during periods of heavy rainfall.'

In order to minimise the impact on the community the construction of the sewer will be carried out in short phases

During the construction of the sewer a stop/go system will be in place and it will be necessary to restrict parking from time to time along the street.

Esther White, Irish Water Engineer said: 'This essential construction project forms part of Irish Water's wider investment to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure in Fingal to protect the environment and to meet the current wastewater infrastructure needs in the area.'

Fingal Independent