Works will improve security of supply for local community as part of Irish Water Leakage Reduction Programme

Irish Water, working in partnership with Laois County Council, has commenced works to replace aging water mains prone to frequent bursts in Mountmellick. The works are expected to be completed by June 2019.  

Once complete, the benefits of the project for the local community will include a more reliable water supply for all customers. This means reduced leakage on the network which will improve water pressure to homes and businesses. Operational and maintenance costs will also be reduced as the network operation will require less maintenance. 

The work is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme as part of which over €500 million is being invested to reduce the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing aging water mains. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.

The works will involve the replacement of approximately 1050 metres of aged cast iron and problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. 

The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of the improvement works. 

Irish Water has planned the works in short sections in order to limit impact on customers. Works 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. 

Traffic management will be in place during this time with stop/go arrangements or temporary traffic lights in place on Pearse Street as required. A diversion for southbound (Portlaoise) traffic will be in operation for the section of works on Pearse Street between the junction with Parnell Street and Irishtown roundabout. This will operate via Parnell Street/Sarsfield Street turning onto Connolly Street and then to Irishtown. Northbound traffic layout will remain as normal.     

A local road closure is required for a number of days on Church Street from the junction with Pearse Street to the junction with O’Connell Square. The local community affected will be directly notified in advance of the closure. There may be local diversions in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. 

Commenting on the works, Joe Carroll said, ‘The replacement of these aging water mains in Mountmellick will improve security of supply for local residents and businesses alike. Replacing the existing water mains with new modern pipes will provide a long-term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to customers. Irish Water understands this type of work can be inconvenient and will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these works may cause.

Residents and businesses in the areas of the works have been notified and customers can call the Irish Water customer helpline on 1850 278 278 for any questions in relation to the works. 

To find out more about Irish Water’s national programme of works to reduce leakage and improve Ireland’s water supply visit our Leakage Reduction Programme Page.


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