Minister Hogan opens water supply scheme

A new water supply scheme that aims to tackle water scarcity and improve drinking water quality has been unveiled by the environment, community and local government minster Phil Hogan in Sandyford, Ireland.

The Sandyford high level water supply scheme forms part of the Irish Government's Water Services Investment Programme which aims to upgrade water and wastewater operations in Ireland. Its latest scheme is expected to tackle water shortages in Sandyford, Ballyogan, Stepaside, Kilternan and the surrounding areas.

It is also anticipated that the scheme will improve the quality and consistency of drinking water supplies for the area, with works including the construction of reservoirs in Stepaside Lane and Aikens village, and pumping stations in Aikens village and Sandyford industrial estate.

Funding for the scheme, which cost Euro 15.6M to construct, has been provided by the Government's investment programme, which has allocated more than Euro 116M for water and wastewater projects across Ireland to meet its environmental and economic objectives.

Minister Hogan said: "I am delighted to be here in Sandyford this afternoon. This gives me an opportunity to see, at first hand, the positive results of the investment being made in local communities with funding from my department's Water Services Investment Programme

"By any standards, this is an impressive scheme. It will greatly improve the quality and reliability of the water supply to the areas of Sandyford, Ballyogan, Stepaside and Kilternan, providing an enhanced level of service to all consumers and facilitating future development in these areas."

As part of the Water Services Investment Programme 2010 - 2012, other water infrastructure work is being carried out across Ireland, with exchequer funding of Euro 435M being provided in 2011 for these projects.

Carys Matthews



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