Greater Dublin Drainage is being led by Irish Water on behalf Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Kildare, Meath, and South Dublin County Councils and Dublin City Council.
On 1st January 2014 Irish Water took over responsibility for managing Ireland’s water and wastewater investment and maintenance programmes. On that date, Irish Water also took over the management of the planning stage of the Greater Dublin Drainage Project (GDD) from Fingal County Council (which previously led the project on behalf of the local authorities listed above). Under Fingal Co. Co., following the assessment of alternative site options, the preferred project solution for GDD was identified and Irish Water is progressing the studies required to prepare the planning application for the project.
Irish Water was established by the Government as an independent state-owned water utility, taking over responsibility for water services functions from each of the 34 local authorities in Ireland. Irish Water has taken over the operational and capital delivery functions of local authorities in the water services area.
The establishment of Irish Water forms one part of the Government’s wider reform of the water sector in Ireland which also sees the introduction of usage-based domestic water charges and independent economic regulation of water services by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), as well as environmental regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Irish Water plans to invest €1.77 billion on 386 water and wastewater infrastructure projects and a range of sub-programmes over the next 3 years.
Irish Water will be statutorily responsible for both investing and operating water services infrastructure in its role as a provider of drinking water and wastewater services to household, commercial and industrial customers in Ireland who are not served by Group Water Schemes.
The project team remains in place to progress the project to the planning stage – Jacobs Engineering (Ireland) Ltd and TOBIN Consulting Engineers are the technical consultants and RPS Project Communications provide stakeholder engagement and communications for the project.