Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and waste water services throughout Ireland, in conjunction with Limerick City and County Council, have started work to replace 4.2km of water mains that are in poor condition in Tournafulla, Glin and Patrickswell, County Limerick. 2,000 customers benefitting from the upgrade will have a high quality reliable water supply as a result of this work. 

The project, part of the County Limerick Water Conservation Water main Rehabilitation Project, is being undertaken by Earthworks Profiling Ltd and is expected to be completed in September.

Mark O’Duffy, Irish Water said; “We are delighted that work is underway to replace these sections of water mains which are in a poor condition and failing to meet the needs of our customers. Investment in upgrade projects like this one in Limerick is urgently needed across the country to fix and replace our aging infrastructure. Improving drinking water quality and supply is a priority for Irish Water.”

“Completion of this project will lead to real improvements in water services locally in Limerick”, said Mark O’ Duffy. “Customers in Tournafulla, Glin and Patrickswell who have had to deal with regular supply interruptions, low pressure and water quality issues as a results of leaking and burst water mains will have a uninterrupted secure water supply they can rely on”, Mark O’Duffy said.

Sean McGlynn Senior Executive Engineer, Limerick City and County Council said; “Limerick City and County Council welcome this investment in the water infrastructure of County Limerick, which will result in an improvement in the quality and reliability of the water supply to the communities of Glin, Tournafulla and Patrickswell. This project has come to fruition as a direct result of the past investment and development of water conservation systems in the County by Limerick City and County Council in order to identify and prioritise the water mains most in need of replacement. Limerick City and County Council are pleased that this Contract is now being progressed to construction in conjunction with Irish Water and will help in reducing leakage levels in the County and improve security of water supply to local communities.”

Irish Water invested €340m improving water and waste water services in 2014 and will invest over €410 million improving water services during 2015. This spend will increase in the coming years. Capital investment of approximately €600m per year is required for a sustained period of several decades, in order to address the acknowledged deficiencies in the country’s water infrastructure.


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