Advice of essential upgrade works in Naas to safeguard the water supply

13 October 2022

Information below is relevant until further updates are provided here or on our Supply and Service Updates section.

Irish Water is working in partnership with Kildare County Council to safeguard the water supply for homes and businesses in Naas with works to upgrade and improve the water supply due to begin in the coming days. The works are being delivered as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which is providing significant benefits to local communities across Ireland including improved water quality, a more secure water supply and considerable water savings.

Essential water main upgrade works are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 18 October at 10pm until Wednesday, 19 October at 6am. To reduce the impact on customers, the works are taking place during night time hours. Water supply will be maintained to Naas General Hospital.

During these works, customers in Naas and surrounding areas may experience intermittent interruptions to their water supply to include low pressure and/or outages. These works will enable Irish Water to better manage water pressure issues in Naas and also reduce the frequency of bursts in the town.

Speaking about the works, Joe Carroll, Regional Delivery Lead at Irish Water said: “Irish Water understands that this type of work can be inconvenient and working in partnership with Kildare County Council, we will make every effort to minimise the disruption that these necessary works may cause.”

Joe added: “Customers may experience some temporary discolouration of water following the works and occasionally issues such as internal airlocks may arise. For advice on clearing discoloration and airlocks, visit our Supply Issues Following an Outage page.”  

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communications from us for planned and unplanned outages lasting more than four hours. Typically, it takes two to three hours following restoration time for normal supply to be fully restored to all areas.
 
Irish Water and Kildare County Council regret any inconvenience caused. The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates, please visit the Supply and Service Updates section of the Irish Water website. 

Irish Water has invested over €500 million between 2017 and 2021 to reduce leakage and replace old pipes on the public water network. We are investing a further €250 million every year up to the end of 2030. Fixing leaks can be complicated but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2021 it was reduced to 38%. We are on track to achieve a national leakage rate of 25% by the end of 2030.

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.