Investment has proved the security of the water supply for customers

Irish Water has replaced ageing water mains in Clonbrusk West, Athlone and on the R446 in Milltownpass improving the security of the water supply for customers. The €275,000 investment replaced 560m of wate mains that were prone to frequent bursts in Clonbrusk West and 2400m in Milltownpass. The project has improved water pressure to homes and businesses by reducing leakage on the network and provided a more reliable water supply by reducing the frequency of bursts on the water mains.

Commenting on the investment Padraig Farrell, Capital Programmes Lead, East and Midlands Region, said “The replacement of the aging water mains in in Clonbrusk West and Milltownpass has delivered a more reliable and secure water supply for customers. The new water mains will reduce leakage on the network which is a key target for Irish Water. By 2021 Irish Water has committed in its Business Plan to reduce leakage on the public water network to less than 38%. This project is part of our ongoing investment in Ireland’s water infrastructure”.

Irish Water spent over €530 million on water services in 2016. Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan up to 2021. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6bn.


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