Mr. John Gormley T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, has announced that he has given the go-ahead to Fingal County Council to invite tenders for an expansion of the Council's Water Treatment Plant located on the Liffey in Leixlip.
The €43m scheme is being funded by the Minister under his Department's Water Services Investment Programme 2007-2009.
As well as providing drinking water supplies for the Fingal area, the Leixlip plant also serves North-East Kildare, parts of South Meath and the north side of Dublin City. The plant has undergone significant upgrading and upsizing over time to respond to extra demand resulting from population growth and economic development in the Greater Dublin Area.
"This latest expansion will raise production from 148 to 215 million litres per day" - the Minister said - "and will help to ensure that there is sufficient capacity to meet additional medium-term drinking water requirements in the Dublin and Fingal areas."
The Minister confirmed that this latest approval meant that the way was now clear for Fingal County Council - "to award the contract and to proceed with the work as soon as the tender process has been completed".
Minister Gormley added that the approval of funding for the scheme reflected the commitment in the Programme for Government that - "all our public drinking water supplies will deliver a reliable service that is 100% compliant with drinking water standards".