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24 January 2013

EUR 200m from European Investment Bank to support 23 Water Investment Projects across Ireland

The European Investment Bank loan will provide €200 million to support improvements in Ireland’s Water Services Investment Programme (WSIP) by financing 23 projects in Dublin and 10 counties around the country to provide new water mains, water and wastewater treatment facilities and reservoirs, as well as measures to improve water conservation.

Minister for The Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan TD said: “I am delighted that the EIB has decided to support my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme with a loan of €200 million which will assist in funding 23 water projects.  It is an indication of the Bank’s confidence in the Irish State and our recovery programme and is a good signal for securing third party financing in the future.”

“A programme of water sector reform is currently underway in Ireland, which will see the responsibility for water services delivery moving from local authorities to a new public utility. This will fundamentally change the approach to funding capital investment in the sector in the years ahead including access to third party financing to address the considerable investment requirements of the sector. These reforms will benefit individual householders, but will also attract industries with high water usage like agri-food, pharma-chem and IT. With global demand for water due to rise by 40% in just 20 years, Ireland will be well positioned to attract foreign and indigenous investment, creating real potential for new jobs within the country.”

“Investment in the Irish water infrastructure will significantly enhance water conservation measures, improve drinking water quality and reduce risks of pollution. The European Investment Bank recognises the considerable challenges and investment needed in the sector and is pleased to provide the first EIB support for investment in water infrastructure in Ireland for over a decade.” said Jonathan Taylor, European Investment Bank Vice President.

A total of 23 individual projects included in the WSIP will benefit from the EIB investment. The water investment initiative also includes replacement of over 300km of old water mains in Dublin City, South Tipperary, Galway and Limerick. In addition the project will increase drinking water supply through two new reservoirs in Kerry and North Tipperary.

Waste water treatment will be enhanced through six new treatment plants in Kildare, North Tipperary, Kerry, Galway and Roscommon. Three local schemes will specifically ensure safe drinking water supply and 28km of new water mains will be laid in Kildare and 13km in Longford.

Four of the projects relate to water conservation with the primary objective being to reduce water loss in the distribution networks. Seven of the projects relate to improvements in water supply infrastructure. A particular focus of investment in this area is addressing risks to public health by the improvement of the quality and supply of drinking water. The remaining twelve projects relate to the improvement of wastewater infrastructure. Investment in this area supports compliance with with statutory requirements and priorities identified in River Basin Management Plans (as required under the EU Water Framework Directive).

The European Investment Bank will provide a 25 year loan and enable quicker implementation of the investment programme. As for all EIB Irish sovereign lending the loan is signed with National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) acting on behalf of the Irish state. Following agreement of the EUR 200 million loan a first tranche of EUR 100 million will support immediate investment and a second tranche will follow as the investment programme progresses.

During 2012 the European Investment Bank provided EUR 504m for long-term investment in Ireland. This included support for Irish schools, renewable investment projects and lending to small businesses.

Press contacts:

European Investment Bank: Richard Willis, +352 621 555 758,

Website: - Press office: +352 4379 21000 –

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government:

Press Office, Tel: +353 1 888 2638 (direct), +353 1 888 2000.

E-Mail: Web site:

Notes to Editors:

European Investment Bank:

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals.

Location of EIB supported water projects

The table below sets out details of these projects including their location.

Responsible local authority

Planned Investment


Cork County Council

Bandon Sewerage scheme – network


Cork County Council

Clonakilty Sewerage scheme – WWTP upgrade


Cork County Council

Youghal Sewerage Scheme - WWTP and networks


Dublin City

Dublin Region Watermains rehabilitation project


Dublin City

Ringsend - Upgrade of Waste Water Treatment Plant in three phases, including improved performance of current plant, expansion of capacity and long sea outfall


Fingal County Council

Swords Upgrade of Waste Water Treatment Plant in Swords


Galway County Council

Claregalway and Milltown SS – WWTP and network


Galway County Council

Clifden SS – WWTP and network


Galway County Council

Costello water supply –treatment plant and networks


Galway County Council

Galway County Water Conservation – mains rehabilitation contracts (suite thereof)


Kerry County Council

Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme – WTP and reservoir



Ballymore Eustace Improved collection and treament of sewerage in Ballymore Eustace (2 contracts)



Barrow Abstraction Scheme involves the construction of a new water treatment plant at Srowland near Athy, which is currently under construction, these are associated network contracts. including the Srowland to Ardscull rising mains.


Limerick County Council

Kilmallock Waste Water Treatment Plant


Limerick County Council

Limerick countywide water conservation


Limerick County Council

Mungret Sewerage Scheme - network contract


Limerick County Council

Patrickswell Sewerage Scheme - network contract


Longford County Council

Longford Central Regional Water Supply – Civil Works


Longford County Council

Longford Towns and Villages Sewerage Scheme – Wastewater Treatment Plants


North Tipperary County Council

Thurles WTP and networks


Roscommon County Council

Boyle/Ardcarne Regional Water Supply Scheme


Roscommon County Council

North East Roscommon and Ballyleague Regional Water Supply Schemes WTP


South Tipperary

Fethard Water conservation – mains rehabilitation suite of contracts on Fethard WSS

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