Coffey Construction Ireland has won the contract to build a major new reservoir in the South Dublin village of Saggart to prepare for new residential and commercial development in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA).
The 100-million-litre covered treated storage reservoir, holding as much drinking water as 40 Olympic-sized swimming pools, will be able to serve the daily needs of nearly 300,000 households with treated water from the Ballymore Eustace Water treatment plant, Ireland’s biggest.
Awarded by Irish Water, the contract is the first big upgrade to the Saggart waterworks since it was built in 1951.
"The size and scale of the task to improve water services for a modern growing economy shouldn’t be underestimated," said Brian Sheehan, Head of Asset Delivery, Irish Water.
"This particular project will provide strategic treated water storage capability at Saggart which is needed to support the building of houses and schools; to attract new industry and to allow companies to expand and grow across the GDA"
Work on the new reservoir and associated pipelines will start in March and is expected to be completed within three years.
Ireland’s Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, said: "The delivery of this project will support existing and future residential and commercial development in the Greater Dublin Area and is one of a portfolio of water projects being delivered by Irish Water."
Image: Awarded by Irish Water, the contract is the first big upgrade to the Saggart waterworks since it was built in 1951 (Photograph courtesy of Irish Water)