€4.2M IN funding has been allocated for the replacement of the watermain from Vartry to Cronroe as part of the Wicklow Town Water Supply Scheme.
Approval was given to Wicklow County Council last year to seek tenders for the replacement of the water main. On Thursday Environment Minister Phil Hoganapproved an allocation for a contract to be awarded.
The contract will be funded under the Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2013.
The water supply is a primary source for Wicklow town and surrounding areas, delivering water to thousands of homes and businesses.
Deputy Andrew Doyle says the news that the necessary funding is now in place to award the contract has to be welcomed.
‘The water pipeline between Vartry and Cronroe has been a cause of concern for some time and identified as one in need of an upgrade. Every day, it delivers roughly 3.3 megalitres through the distribution system. With this approval, a new larger pipe will be laid, bringing Vartry water from Callowhill to the Cronroe Reservoir, and the plan is to bring potable water to Cronroe for distribution in the medium term ensuring the continuation of supply to Wicklow town and surrounding areas.
‘Wicklow County Council will now be in a position to complete the formalities with the successful contractor. This project will modernise and greatly improve water infrastructure in Wicklow