11 strategic upgrade projects completed across Westmeath
12 February 2024
Almost 29 kms of new pipeline installed and completed in the Lake County in 2023
The beautiful lake county of Westmeath is the place that more than 95,000 people proudly call home. Delivering transformative water services throughout Co Westmeath to enable communities to thrive remains a top priority for Uisce Éireann.
Part of ensuring that a robust and resilient water supply is produced every day in the Lake County, includes driving down the amount of clean, treated water lost to leakage.
Working in partnership with Westmeath County Council, Uisce Éireann has replaced almost 29 kms of old and problematic water mains with new, modern pipes in the following areas of Westmeath: Kilpatrick, Mullingar (2.2 km), Split Hill (2.5 km), Mount Temple (1.5 km), Delvin (3.5 km), Kiltoom (Castlepollard to Coole (6.8 km), Kilbixy-Ballynacarrigy (1.5 km), Loughpark (4 km), Rathcolman (2 km), Lower Road Marist to Killion Hill (0.8 km), Dysart North Mullingar (3.4 km), and Coosan Point Road in Athlone (0.7 km).
The completed projects are enhancing a robust and resilient water supply for homes and businesses across the county. As part of the Split Hill to Coola upgrade, 2.5km of aged water mains have been replaced with new modern pipes. To ensure further resilience to the water network in the area, which was often impacted by frequent bursts and interruptions, flow modulation was installed to reduce the number of unplanned interruptions on the remaining sections of pipeline.
The delivery of the national Leakage Reduction Programme is ensuring security of supply, reducing leakage, and ensuring that a more sustainable water supply is at the heart of the county’s water network. Westmeath is also benefitting from a very high level of infrastructural improvements in water services, receiving vital investment for water and wastewater upgrades.
Outlining the benefits of the national Leakage Reduction Programme in Co Westmeath, Dave Murphy, Project Manager at Uisce Éireann said: “Many of these old and problematic pipes were prone to bursts and high levels of leakage, causing supply challenges for homes and businesses. Replacing them with modern pipes reduces the amount of drinking water lost through leakage and brings an all-round improvement to the water network for Westmeath communities.”
Dave added: “Since being involved in the national Leakage Reduction Programme across Westmeath, I have seen first-hand how efforts to tackle leakage have benefited local communities. These projects have resulted in significant leakage savings providing a more resilient and robust supply of water for local communities.”
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.