New water storage reservoir to help with frequent pipe bursts

By Eoin Ryan

Meath County Council has granted planning permission for Irish Water to increase water storage capacity at Windmill Hill Reservoir.

An additional large storage reservoir is planned for construction to reduce the impact of frequent bursts that have been occurring throughout Meath.

This will include the replacement of over 7kms of problematic, old water mains in Ratoath.. Pipes in this area have been prone to frequent bursts and have caused water supply disruptions for residents in both the Ratoath and Ashbourne areas. This will also increase water pressure which has been a recurring issue in the local area over a lengthy period of time.

“We welcome the decision by Meath County Council to grant permission for the construction of a 4.7 million litre treated water storage reservoir at Windmill Hill.” Regional Delivery Lead at Irish Water William McKnight said. “Once completed the Project will reinforce the water supply security and resilience for homes and businesses in Ratoath and Ashbourne and will empower future growth for Southeast Meath,” McKnight continued.

Irish Water in the process of finishing the tender process for plan and work is expected to commence in the latter half of this year.

The new proposed additional reservoir will be built adjacent to the existing reservoir at Windmill Hill which is located between Curragha and Kilmoon Cross.

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