A new state-of-the art water treatment plant was opened today by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien, TD and the Cathaoirleach of dlr, Lettie McCarthy, the Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council Shay Cullen, along with Irish Water’s Managing Director Niall Gleeson.
This is a major milestone in the upgrade of the 150 year old Vartry Water Supply Scheme to ensure a secure supply of clean water for 200,000 people in North Wicklow and South Dublin (roundwood to Dún Laoghaire).
The delivery of this new Water Treatment Plant by Irish Water will facilitate the removal from the RAL of the seven water supply zones linked to Vartry, and will secure the water supply for much of the highly populated North Wicklow and South Dublin area for the coming decades.
The completion of the new water treatment plant marks the culmination of a total investment of €150 million in the upgrade of the Vartry Water Supply Scheme, which also delivered the replacement of the old Vartry to Callowhill tunnel and the construction of a new covered reservoir in Stillorgan.
As part of the upgrade, Irish Water has also committed to releasing sustainable freshwater flows to the Vartry River which is important to safeguard the ecology of the river, particularly in times of drought. This is the first time in the 150 year operation of the plant that such a guarantee is in place.