25 November 2016 Go back to News
€500,000 invested to improve water supply to residents of rural communities in Co. Kilkenny
The residents of Ballygriffen, The Sweep, Owning and Belline in Co. Kilkenny, will enjoy a more secure and reliable water supply thanks to a €500,000 investment by Irish Water in replacing aging water mains in the area.
The project involved a significant upgrade of the water supply network in the area which saw the installation of 4.5km of new water mains. More than 100 customers will benefit from significant improvements in supply and a reduction in water outages as a result. The project began in August and is due to be completed by mid-December.
Commenting on the project David Sharry, Southern Programmes Specialist, said “The replacement of this aging water mains will ensure that customers in the area will have a more reliable water supply. Irish Water recognised the importance of upgrading the water network in Carrigeen as a result of the frequency of bursts resulting in significant disruption to the community over the winter period and last Easter.
“We prioritised work to enable the upgrade of the network as soon as possible. All work on the watermain has now been completed and we hope to conclude the commissioning process over the coming weeks.”
Aging and fragile water mains are a common problem across the country resulting from decades of under-investment in the water infrastructure in Ireland. We are committed to addressing this issue and this project is part of its ongoing investment plan. The new water mains will significantly improve network performance and level of service to customers in terms of security of supply.
Water mains rehabilitation is one aspect of Irish Water’s plan to reduce leakage. Lost water is estimated at 47% nationally and 40% in Co Kilkenny. Leakage is also being targeted through Irish Water’s First Fix Free Scheme which supports customers in reducing leaks on their property, benefitting over 270 householders in Kilkenny to date.
For queries relating to your water supply, please contact our Customer Care team on 1890 278 278.