27 million euro invested in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown water supply infrastructure
Today saw the official opening of the Sandyford High Level Water Supply Scheme by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.
This 27.5 million euro investment will mean improved security of supply and enhanced water quality through additional rechlorination facilities for over 25,000 residents in the Sandyford, Ballyogan, Stepaside and Kilternan areas as well as commercial users from Sandyford Business Park to Carrickmines. Should the area experience additional growth, the Scheme could ultimately serve up to 60,000 residents, and will also provide backup to the current independent water supplies to Kiltiernan, Glencullen and Ballyedmonduff via the High Level reservoir.
The Scheme features nearly 23,000 m3 of additional treated water storage capacity in two new reservoirs - Dun Gaoithe and Burrow Road – as well as two new pumping stations (one adjacent to Stillorgan reservoir, the other adjacent to Sandyford Hall Estate) and twelve kilometres of new watermains connected to the existing distribution network.
The pumping stations have been designed to a high specification and the landscaping for the reservoirs ensures that the structures have a minimal impact on the environment in which they are located.
Speaking at the opening, An Cathaoirleach, Cllr John Bailey, remarked “This development marks a major investment in the Council’s water supply infrastructure, with over 25,000 residents directly benefitting from this project.”
Frank Austin, Director of Water & Waste Services with DLRCC acknowledged funding support from the Department of Environment Community and Local Government, the National Development Plan and the EU’s Cohesion Funding Programme. He also paid tribute to the residents in surrounding estates, as well as shops and businesses in Stepaside Village, for their patience during the construction of the Scheme.
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