Replacing ageing back yard water mains and providing new service connections

Irish Water, in partnership with Wexford County Council, is replacing ageing back yard water mains and providing new service connections for customers in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford to improve security of supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage. The works will begin in Enniscorthy on February 6 in St Aidan’s Villas and Bellefield Road. These works will involve decommissioning old cast iron back yard water mains and installing new service connections from the existing water main in the public street.

In some older properties, the water connections are typically made of iron or lead. They were also installed to the rear of the property and are often referred to as backyard service connections. The pipework, due to age and deteriorating condition are a significant source of leakage and reduced levels of service.

Back yard services are usually shared, running through a number of neighbouring properties making it difficult to detect and repair leaks. Since all properties share a connection, leaks and bursts affect all properties usually resulting in low pressure.

The project will also include further works in the Bellefied Road, Moran Park, Bellefield Terrace and Redmond Street areas. These works will require the installation of 1.8km of new water mains in the public street as well as decommissioning old cast iron back yard water mains and installing new service connections. Works in these areas will be commencing later this Spring.

Affect on customers during works

The works when they commence may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to any planned water shut offs. Where water mains are being constructed traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. Irish Water understands that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works may cause.

Wexford

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