Irish Water is seeking the views of the public on the need for a new water supply for the Midlands and Eastern region.
A new report published by Irish Water on Monday sets out what they call the “pressing need” for a new water supply source for the region, as the projected demand for water in the coming years is far beyond the current capacity.
The report raises the possibility once again that water will be required to be abstracted from the Shannon to supply the water needs of the Dublin area - a proposal that caused much controversy when first raised in 2007.
According to the Irish Water report, projected demand for water in Dublin alone is expected to increase by over 50 per cent by 2050.
“Even after fully using the available water supply from the existing sources, and even with a parallel drive on water conservation and leakage control, there will still be significant additional water required. It is expected that 215 million litres per day in excess of existing capacity will be needed by 2050 for the Dublin region alone. This figure rises to 330 million litres per day when the surrounding region is included. Improvements to and maintenance of the existing water supply system, will not meet that level of need. A new source must be developed and utilised,” according to the report.
Irish Water has launched an eight-week consultation process, which is now open and will conclude on May 5, 2015. Feedback is encouraged from individuals and groups on the need for a new water supply, and a proposed roadmap for the project.
Interested parties are asked to contribute either by email to [email protected] or by post to Water Supply Project, Merrion House, Merrion Road, Dublin 4.
The Project Need Report is available to view in county libraries and at planning counters within the project study area, and can be downloaded from www.watersupplyproject.ie Further information is also available by calling 1890 252 848.