Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant
Dublin City Council / Irish Water
The Ballymore Eustace Plant is Ireland's largest water treatment plant.
The facility serves Dublin, Kildare, Dún-Laoghaire and South Dublin with more than 300 mega litres of water daily (Ml/d). The development has a 400 Ml capacity and is the culmination of a 30 year plan designed to provide Dublin with a state of the art, cost effective water supply. The plant is not only capable of meeting the current demands, it provides for the needs of the greater Dublin area for the medium term until a longer term new source is developed post 2020.
There has been a treatment plant at Ballymore Eustace since the 1940's, which was expanded six times until the 1980's, but the developments were not integrated and RPS was engaged to assist in long term masterplanning and delivery of a modern integrated facility. RPS has been providing planning, design and engineering services on this project since 2002.
Our approach in relation to the planning, implementation and design had to be highly innovative due to the environmentally sensitive location of the plant and the need to maintain an uninterrupted water supply to the city. Our solution was to rebuild the plant on a phased basis – shutting down the old facilities in a staged process as the new elements came online.
The plant combines the robust engineering required of a national strategic asset with innovative value engineering approaches resulting in real whole life cost value for the current utility provider, Irish Water. Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant was awarded the 2015 Excellence Award in Civil Engineering by the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI).