13 December 2018 Go back to News
Ageing water mains to be replaced in Gormanstown, Co. Meath to improve security of supply
Irish Water, working in partnership with Meath County Council, is commencing works to replace ageing water mains prone to frequent bursts in Gormanstown, Co. Meath.
The programme to replace problematic water mains in Gormanstown, Co Meath is scheduled to commence this week and will involve the replacement of approximately 445 metres of aged problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.
These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of these improvement works. The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by GMC Utilities Group Ltd and are scheduled to be completed by January 2019.
Once complete, the benefits of the project will include a more reliable water supply for all customers on the public water supply in Gormanstown. The works will result in reduced leakage on the network. Operational and maintenance costs will also be reduced as the network operation will require less maintenance.
Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme will, over the next 4 years, see €500 million invested to reduce the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing ageing 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 take place along the R194 between the junction with the R132 and Gormanstown Road.
Irish Water has planned the works in short sections in order to limit impact on customers. Traffic management will be in place over the course of the works.
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. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
Commenting on the works, Derek Deignan, Regional Lead on the Leakage Reduction Programme said, ‘The replacement of these ageing water mains in Gormanstown, Co. Meath 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.