THE FIRST INFRASTRUCTURAL project carried out by Irish Water has gotten underway.
The company has begun work on a scheme that will supply Dublin with water from the River Shannon.
The €500 million project is a priority, the company says.
“The need for a long term additional secure and sustainable water source for Dublin was identified as far back as 1996 and is now a priority for Irish Water to deliver. Irish Water has taken over the management of the project and the resources are being put in place to deliver the project by 2020.”
The company announced a procurement process and an environmental impact study, as well as a tender for a “survey specialist”, which will survey water quality from Lough Derg and the Parteen Basin.
“Irish Water is currently engaged in a statutory process which involves an environmental impact assessment which must evaluate all potential solutions objectively on the basis of environmental, technical and economic criteria.
“The final outcome of that assessment will be delivered later this year as a preferred scheme, which will be developed further with a view to going to An Bord Pleanála before the end of 2015.”
The company say they will have a planning stage, which will take two years, another two-year design and procurement stage before moving on to a three-year construction phase.