Gormley gives Dublin go-ahead for arterial watermain

Dublin City Council has been given the go-ahead to invite tenders for the North City Water Supply Scheme by the Department for Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

The contract is part of the government department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2012 and covers the Phase 1 & 2 Network (Arterial Watermain). It also incorporates the OPW*s Clontarf Flood Defence project.

The total cost of the contract, including the flood defence works, is estimated at Euro 11.26 million.

John Gormley T.D., minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government confirmed that this latest approval means that the way is now clear for Dublin City Council to seek tenders for the contract and that he will be urging them to do so without delay.

The work will involve laying approximately 10.4 kilometres of watermains north of Dublin city between Fairview Park and Sutton. The pipeline will be routed along the coast road and through a section of open seafront promenade.

This arterial watermain is planned to strategically augment the water distribution system so that water from both the Leixlip/Ballycoolin and the Vartry/Stillorgan networks can feed into this water supply area.

This should provide high levels of flexibility in the transfer of water throughout the area, increasing security of supply. For reasons of synergy and efficiency the contract also incorporates the OPW’s Clontarf Flood Defence project.

Alison Brown

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