The Vartry Water Supply Scheme provides drinking water for over 200,000 people. With historical significance, it was developed by Dublin Corporation in the 1860s and includes two reservoirs, a water treatment plant, a 4km tunnel under Callowhill and 40km of trunk mains that deliver water to storage reservoirs at Stillorgan in
Dublin. The scheme was a valuable engineering feat, with much of the ground and building works being carried out and completed by men using only picks, shovels, horses and carts.
Planning permission for the upgrade works to the Water Treatment Plant including a Water Treatment Building (approx. 4670sqm) was granted by Wicklow County Council to ensure a safe and sustainable water supply for the north Wicklow and South Dublin Areas.
This investment will ensure that the water provided complies with water quality standards set out in the European Union Drinking Water Directive (1.) and the current, national Drinking Water Regulations (2.).
TOBIN Consulting Engineers was appointed as the permanent civil and structural engineer, and contractor designer. Our work includes the specification of architectural/internal designs in the main treatment plant building (including items such as the portal steel frame and cladding, welfare facilities, ironmongery, windows and door schedules, flooring finishes and painting finishes), the civil and structural engineering design of the process tanks in the main building and the wash water tanks, civil works associated with the reservoir upgrade works, and for roads, watermains, foul sewers and surface water drainage and landscaping.