Plans to upgrade the greater Dublin water supply system and fix the leaking infrastructure.

Water supplies in the greater Dublin area will have to be conserved over the next five years due to pipes leaking forty five per cent of water they carry.

Most of us take for granted, the tonne of water delivered to our household each day. Water supply is costly to produce and is dependent on an ageing infrastructure.

Much of our quality water is lost to leakage.

The reservoir at Ballymore Eustace is just one of three serving the Dublin and Wicklow region. The losses amount to around 160 million litres.

At the launch of a study into the water needs in the area, Minister for the Environment Brendan Howlin said that most of the water pipes in the city are over seventy five years old. The Greater Dublin Water Supply Strategic Study recommends that the leakage be reduced to twenty per cent over the next five years.

Brendan Howlin says that this is the first time that there is a plan in place to provide 1.2 million people in the region with running water. Solving the problem will require extensive replacement of pipes. The study recommends a twenty year plan to maintain and update the water supply system with an overall cost of £500 million.

City Manager Jim Fenwick is hopeful that money will be made available to put right Dublin’s water problems once and for all.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 April 1996. The reporter is Eileen Whelan.