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Thursday 14 December 2017

Dublin to use 50pc more water by 2050

Aebhric McGibney, Policy Director, Dublin Chamber of Commerce
Aebhric McGibney, Policy Director, Dublin Chamber of Commerce
Aebhric McGibney, Policy Director, Dublin Chamber of Commerce

Demand for water in Dublin is due to increase by more than 50pc by 2050, a report published by Irish Water has warned.

Separately, recent water outages in Dublin cost the Irish economy more than €78m a day, according Irish Water’s “Need Report” for the proposed Eastern and Midlands Region Water Supply Project.

It found that an extra 215 million litres a day will be needed by 2050 for the Dublin region alone. The report points out that saving water from conservation programmes and leakage reductions, won’t be enough to deliver the quantities of water needed for future requirements.

Irish Water has now begun an eight-week consultation process on where Dublin will get a water supply in the future.

It is hoped a preferred option will be agreed and submitted to An Bord Pleanala for approval in 2017.

Dublin Chamber of Commerce said that a new water supply for the Eastern and Midlands is essential.

“Dublin Chamber has long called for the construction of the Garrynahinch reservoir near Portarlington, which would allow for the water overflow from the Shannon to be stored and pumped to the east of the country,” the Chamber said.

Aebhric McGibney, director of public and international affairs at Dublin Chamber said that the last report from the City Council outlined why a new source was needed and how it could be implemented.

“Five years on and we’re still talking about plans and proposals, but we now urgently need action,” Mr McGibney added.

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