It has been more than a decade since the country’s water supply was hit by a series of water crisis and austerity measures that forced millions of residents to switch off their taps, including those in Dublin and its environs.
Now, there are signs that a major new water treatment facility will be the answer to a long-running water crisis in the city.
Dublin’s water utility, the Irish Water, said the new plant, which is expected to cost up to €200 million, will be able to treat more than 15,000 homes and will operate on a 24-hour cycle.
It will have a capacity to treat 10,000 cubic metres of water a day, which would be enough for about 80,000 households, it said.
Dubai has also been hit by water shortages, including from heavy rain in the summer.
The Dublin Water Authority said that during the past three months, the number of households affected by water-related water restrictions in Dublin has increased by more than 100 per cent.
In addition, a number of other local authorities have also been impacted by the crisis.
The city has had to use water tankers to get supplies from the Mediterranean to the south-east of the city, and water tanks are now used by other local water authorities.
Dubbs Water, which operates Dublin’s water treatment plants, has also announced that it will move the plant to the northern part of the country to be closer to the border.
It has said that the new facility will help meet the growing demand for water.
Dubbies water utility is also considering the possibility of moving the plant further north, as part of a new scheme to bring more water to the capital.
Dubs Water is also exploring the possibility to relocate a nearby treatment plant that has been operating for more than 40 years.