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1,100 Tipperary customers to benefit as €2m upgrade project progresses

01 May 2024

More than 1,100 customers in Littleton and Horse & Jockey are set to benefit from significant upgrade works getting underway in the coming days. Uisce Éireann crews have been making steady progress upgrading water mains in recent months across the Premier County to ensure the delivery of clean and safe drinking water for hundreds of customers. 

Uisce Éireann has identified areas in County Tipperary where the existing drinking water infrastructure is not sufficient to meet demand or areas which are prone to restrictions which impacts the local community. It is prioritising these areas with a €2 million investment involving the construction of new water mains to connect areas, where water supply can be challenged, to a more reliable supply.

Programme Manager Laura Heneghen outlined the benefits for the community: “The delivery of these essential works will help provide a safer, more secure water supply for these communities in Tipperary by improving the resilience of the network and ensuring continued compliance with drinking water regulations. Uisce Éireann is delighted to be able to support the economic and social development of these areas by being able to meet supply demands of customers now and into the future." 

Good progress made in Upperchurch

Crews recently completed a 1.8km extension of the water network in Upperchurch to supply local homes and businesses from the Kilcommon water supply, along with the rationalisation of the Glengar/ Cappawhite supply to Ironmills which involved the construction of over 5km of new water mains.  

Rolling out next part of this vital programme will require road closure on section of L4156 for approx. seven weeks

The next phase of works, which will benefit 1,138 customers in the Littleton and Horse & Jockey area will see the laying of new water mains along the L-4156 increasing the capacity to the existing network between Graigue and Ballymurreen, Littleton. Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on the community. However, to safely facilitate these works, a road closure is required on the L4156 Road from 7am to 6pm daily. It is expected that this road closure will be in place for approximately seven weeks.  

Traffic travelling west towards Holycross will be diverted towards Thurles on the N62, then turn left onto the L4017 Clongour and left again onto the R659 in the direction of Holycross. Traffic travelling east towards Moycarkey / Pouldine, will be diverted towards Thurles on the R659, turning right onto the L4017 and right again onto the N62 towards Horse and Jockey. The community can be assured that local and emergency access will be maintained at all times. 

The proposed water main installation works is scheduled to commence in the coming days at the Graigue end of the scheme and will progress in an easterly direction until it reaches Ballymurreen by July 2024.

Laura Heneghan said: "We would like to thank these communities in advance for their patience and cooperation during the works. We know based on previous experiences that the short-term inconvenience will be overshadowed by the lasting benefits.”

The works may involve some short-term water interruptions and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water interruptions. The works are being carried out by David Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd and are expected to be completed in Autumn this year.

Uisce Éireann is responsible for delivering public drinking water and wastewater services for the people of Ireland. We are committed to enabling communities to thrive by continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support sustainable growth and development, providing safe drinking water, and enhancing the environment. To find out more visit our website.