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Expansion of Leixlip Water Treatment Plant means more water for Dublin

The reservoir supplies water for over 130,000 customers in the Greater Dublin area.

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THE LEIXLIP PLANT Expansion scheme has been opened in order to meet the current water demand.

The new stand-alone €30 million water treatment facility will provide water treatment capacity of an additional 80 million litres of water per day for consumers in the Greater Dublin supply area, bringing overall production at Leixlip to 215 million litres per day.

Dublin’s drinking water

The Leixlip Plant is the second largest water treatment plant in the country and supplies approximately 30 per cent of the Dublin Region’s drinking water requirements, supplying North Dublin City and County as well as parts of South County Dublin and Kildare.

The reservoir supplies water for over 130,000 customers in the Greater Dublin area and works were carried on time and under budget.

Irish Water welcomed the official opening by the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan.

“The rapid growth of residential and commercial development in the catchment area created a critical situation whereby an increase in water demand outstripped supply. The additional capacity provided by this new plant is vital to meet the current water demand whilst also providing capacity to meet future development needs,” said Hogan.

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