8 May 2018 Go back to News
A safer and more secure water supply for Dungarvan as all lead pipes found on the public water network to be replaced
This project will protect and enhance the town’s water supply
Irish Water, in partnership with Waterford City and County Council, will shortly begin work to deliver a safer and more secure water supply in Dungarvan by replacing lead pipes in the town’s public water network.
This work will protect and enhance the town’s water supply by removing lead pipes between the public water mains and the boundary of customers’ properties, resulting in improved water quality. Any lead service pipes found on the public side will be replaced with modern plastic pipes.
National Leakage Reduction Programme
This project is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which will see €500 million invested nationally over the next four years to reduce leakage and remove problematic pipes from the public water network. These works will ensure we have a clean, safe and reliable water supply now and into the future to support our growing population and economy.
The works in Dungarvan will involve replacing approximately 220 lead service connections throughout the town. Lead service pipe replacement work will initially be concentrated in O’Connell Street, where 125 lead services are scheduled for replacement, before progressing to other parts of the town.
A recognised health concern
The presence of lead in drinking water is a recognised health concern. The drinking water produced and distributed by Irish Water is free from lead. However, there is a possibility that lead can dissolve into water as it passes through lead pipework. In homes built before the 1970’s, it was common practice for the water supply pipes to be made from lead. The water supply pipe is the pipe that brings water from the mains network to a customer’s property.
The replacement of these aging lead service connections in poor condition with new service connections will also reduce the instances of bursts in the area and significantly reduce the level of disruption to customers and the amount of treated water lost to leakage. This in turn will improve the operation of the water network, ensuring it requires less maintenance in the future.
Works due to start on the week of 14 May
These works, which will be delivered on behalf of Irish Water by Coffey Northumbrian Ltd, are due start on the week of 14 May and are expected to take approximately 12 weeks to complete.
...this essential project in Dungarvan...will deliver a much better-quality, water supply for residents, businesses and visitors to the town.
"We are very pleased to be starting this essential project in Dungarvan which will deliver a much better-quality, water supply for residents, businesses and visitors to the town" said Mark O’Duffy, Water Networks Regional Lead.
"Irish Water is responsible for the pipe from the outer edge of the boundary of a property and we will be replacing any lead pipes of this type in the network. The property owner is responsible for the pipe from the outer edge of the property boundary to the building and all the internal plumbing. There are other types of connections for example, where the connection is shared or comes through the back garden but these are not common. Where public side lead pipework is replaced as part of this project, the customer will be notified that it is likely that there is lead pipework present within their property. The notice will include tips on identifying lead pipework as well as information on a private side lead pipework replacement grant available from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
We will be working with our contractors to ensure that any disruption as a result of this work is kept to a minimum. Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs. The project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to any planned water shut offs.
Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times."
Irish Water regrets any inconvenience that may be caused by delivery of this essential work. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section or via our 24/7 Customer Care line at 1850 278 278.
For more information, visit our page on the National Leakage Reduction Programme.
Report a leak
You can report a leak on public property, such as footpaths, roads and communal areas via our webform or by calling 1850 278 278.