Fingal gets go-head to expand water treatment facilities

The Irish Government has signalled that it has given the go-ahead to Fingal County Council to invite tenders for an expansion of a local water treatment plant.

John Gormley, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, said that his department was providing Euro 43m to expand the council's water treatment plant near the Liffey in Leixlip.

The Minister explained that the expanded plant would not only be used by consumers and businesses in the Fingal area, but that the Leixlip plant would also serve north-east Kildare, parts of South Meath and some of the north side of Dublin.

"This latest expansion will raise production from 148 to 215m litres per day and help to ensure that there is sufficient capacity to meet additional medium-term drinking water requirements in the Dublin and Fingal areas," Mr Gormley said.

He added that this latest approval meant that the way was now clear for Fingal County Council "to award the contract and to proceed with the work as soon as the tender process has been completed".

Recently, Mr Gormley announced a Euro 10.5m scheme to clean up the water supply in Mayo County.

James Cooper



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