A safer, more reliable water supply on the horizon for Moyola Park, Galway City

05 January 2022

Galway homes and businesses can look forward to a more reliable water supply with water mains works due to begin in the coming days. 

Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway City Council, is phasing the installation of approximately 770m of new iron mains in Galway City to provide a more safe and secure water supply for customers in the local community. 

The new water main will increase security of supply and reliability from Terryland Water Treatment Plant to Clifton Hill Reservoir. The works will also reduce the high level of leakage in the area. Upon completion, there will be significant improvements in the network performance and levels of customer service in this area in terms of efficiency, reliability and security of supply. 

Outlining the benefits of these works Gerry O’Donnell, Irish Water, explained: “This initial phase of works will involve the construction of approximately 400m of new water mains in Moyola Park, facilitating a new trunk water main from Terryland Water Treatment Plant to Clifton Hill Reservoir, to supplement the existing network. To minimise disruption the works will be completed in a phased approach between January and May 2022. There will be some traffic management in place however local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.  

The works may involve some short-term water interruptions and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water interruptions. We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.

This mains work is part of a significant investment by Irish Water to upgrade the water network in Galway City and we would like to thank customers in advance for their cooperation and patience while we complete this essential job.

The works will be delivered by Ward & Burke Construction on behalf of Irish Water. This project is one example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Galway City Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000km of water pipe in Ireland. Most leaks aren’t visible, resulting in precious water being lost but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2019 it was 42%, it had reduced further to 40% at the end of 2020 and we are currently on course to achieving a national leakage rate of 38%.

Customers can phone Irish Water on 1800 278 278 if they have any questions about the project or check out the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website for regular updates. 

The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities by reducing high levels of leakage and improving water quality. Its delivery represents an investment of over €500 million between 2017 and the end of 2021 to reduce leakage and replace old pipes on the water network. 

Irish Water continues to work at this time with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. 

For more information on reducing leaks visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.

Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.