Irish Water begins project to supply Dublin from River Shannon

A dolphin leaping in the Shannon estuary - file photo.

Irish Water has started work on a €500m project to supply Dublin with water from the River Shannon.

It is seeking tenders for a survey specialist to examine the water quality at Lough Derg and the Parteen Basin, where the water will be sourced.

When completed, around 350 million litres a day will come from Shannon to serve Dublin drinking water needs for the next 70 years.

It is believed Irish Water will submit a planning application at the end of 2015.

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