Works form part of national Leakage Reduction Programme

Irish Water, working in partnership with Laois County Council, is beginning work on Monday, 9 April to replace 3.6kms of ageing water main, prone to bursts in Castletown Village and on the R445 on the Mountrath Road in County Laois. The works form part of our national Leakage Reduction Programme.

We also recently completed the replacement of 600 metres of ageing water mains on Canal Road and 162 metres in Rosecourt in Portarlington providing a more reliable water supply for customers.

The project in Castletown Village and along the R445 on the Mountrath Road involves the replacement of existing old and damaged asbestos concrete public water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The existing water mains are in place since the mid 1900’s. The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the street to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the water supply in customers’ homes and businesses.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of the projects include a more reliable and secure water supply, improved water quality and reduced leakage on the network. The project will also deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.

The project is being carried out by Ward & Burke Construction Ltd. on our behalf and is expected to take 12 weeks to complete in Castletown Village. The second phase of the works to on the R445 will be delivered in Summer 2018. 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, Georgina O’Reilly Regional Lead for the Water Network Programme said “These sections of water mains in Castletown Village and on the R445 on the Mountrath Road have experienced bursts over the years resulting in a number of water outages for local residents and businesses and impacting the reliability of the water supply . Replacing the ageing water mains with a new modern pipe will provide a long term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to customers.

We are pleased to confirm that the projects to replace ageing pipes in Rosecourt and on Canal Road in Portarlington are complete. These three projects are part of Irish Water’s commitment to invest in Ireland’s water infrastructure which has been underinvested in for decades”.

National Leakage Reduction Programme

These works were carried out as part of our national Leakage Reduction Programme. As part of this programme  we are investing over €500 million over the next four years to reduce leakage and remove old damaged pipes from the public water network. 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. Residents and businesses in the area of the works have been notified and you can phone us on Callsave 1850 278 278 with any questions about the project.

For more information visit the Leakage Reduction Programme page.

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