The replacement of 2.7kms of water mains will improve security of water supply for customers, reduce leakage in the water network and improve the quality of water

Irish Water, working in partnership with Dublin City Council, will begin work on Monday, 5 March 2018 to replace ageing public water mains in a number of areas in Rathgar, Dublin 6. This project is being carried out to provide a more reliable water supply for customers as sections of the water mains to be replaced are prone to frequent bursts.

These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme. As part of this programme Irish Water is investing over €500 million over the next four years to reduce leakage and to  replace  ageing public water mains. This will help to ensure that we have a clean, safe and reliable public water supply now and into the future to support our growing population and economy.

Irish Water began works as part of the Leakage Reduction Programme in Sandymount in late 2017. The works to replace problematic water mains in Sandymount is progressing well. Irish Water would like to thank customers and the local community for their continued patience and understanding while these works are ongoing. The Sandymount works are expected to be completed in the late Spring.

The next areas to benefit from the Leakage Reduction Programme in Rathgar will see the replacement of existing  ageing public water mains,  many of which  are ageing cast iron mains. The water pipes will be replaced with new modern high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The works will also see the replacement of old damaged service connections. These are the water pipes which join Irish Water’s public main to the boundary of a customer’s property. The benefits of the project include a more reliable and secure water supply and improved water quality for our customer and the community. The necessary improvements will greatly reduce leakage in the network. The project will also deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.

These works will be carried out by GMC Construction Ltd. with the support of Dublin City Council Water Services staff on behalf of Irish Water. The works will begin on Monday, 5 March 2018 and are expected to take approximately 10 weeks to complete. The locations in Rathgar to benefit from the improvement works are:

Spire View Lane Leicester Road
Spire View Court Grosvenor Road
Kenilworth Square East Neville Road
Kenilworth Square West Villiers Road
Kenilworth Square South Waverly Terrace
Kenilworth Road Cowper Road
Leicester Court Rathmines Road Upper
Leicester Avenue Highfield Road

The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of 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.

Commenting on the works, Matthew Thomson, Regional Lead – Irish Water Leakage Reduction Programme said “The existing public water mains in areas of Rathgar have experienced bursts over the years resulting in a number of water outages for local residents impacting the reliability of the water supply . Some customers may also have experienced water quality issues. Replacing the ageing water mains with new modern pipes will provide a long term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to our customers.”

Residents and businesses in the area of the works have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on call save 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.

Irish Water would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience these essential works may cause. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Service & Supply section of our website.

You can find out more about the project on our Leakage Reduction Programme section.


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