28 November 2016 Go back to News
A better and more reliable water supply for communities in West County Waterford as Irish Water upgrades watermains
€320,000 investment will replace 5km of aging water mains
Residents of Loskeran, Tallow, Ballyduff and Seaview in West County Waterford will enjoy a better and more reliable water supply following a €320,000 investment by Irish Water, in partnership with Waterford City & County Council, to upgrade water mains in the area.
The project involved the replacement of 5km of aging mains, leading to considerable improvements for customers including more reliable secure supply. The schemes have also significantly reduced leakage and maintenance works in the areas while also maximising the potential of existing boreholes and supplies.
The construction works got underway in July and, to date, three of the four sections have been completed. The final section in Seaview is due to be complete by late December. As part of its ongoing strategy, Irish water is committed to transforming Ireland’s water infrastructure, improving customer supply and reducing leakage by replacing these aging and fragile water mains due to decades of underinvestment.
A significant improvement in network performance and level of service to customers can already be seen in these areas.
David Sharry, Irish Water’s Southern Programmes Specialist, said “The benefits of replacing these aging water mains can already be seen in Loskeran, Tallow and Ballyduff. Customers in these areas now have a more reliable and secure water supply. The final section of works in Seaview once complete will assist in reducing supply interruptions, leakage loss and high maintenance costs while providing a reliable water supply for our customers.
Irish Water recognized the importance of upgrading the water network in these areas, a result of the frequency of bursts and regular interruptions to water supply which caused significant disruption to the communities. We prioritised work to enable the upgrade of the networks as soon as possible.”
This project is the latest in a series of investments by Irish Water aimed at improving the water supply to the communities of Co. Waterford. Last week, the company announced the awarding of a €1.2 million contract to upgrade the water treatment plant in Aglish and decommission four older and less efficient treatment plants. This also included the upgrading of some 11km of water mains serving the surrounding areas.