29 March 2017 Go back to News
Ageing watermains in Clonbrusk West and Milltownpass, prone to frequent bursts, are to be replaced
Investment will improve the security of the water supply for customers
Irish Water is replacing ageing water mains in Clonbrusk West, Athlone and on the R446 in Milltownpass to improve the security of the water supply for customers. The €275,000 investment will replace 560m of water mains that are prone to frequent bursts in Clonbrusk West and 2400m in Milltownpass.
Engineers are currently on site to carry out the work to replace the water main in Clonbrusk and work is expected to commence in early April to replace the water main in Milltownpass. Work on the two projects are due to be completed in Q2 2017. The investment will significantly reduce leakage on the network.
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 will deliver a more reliable and securer 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 €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6 billion.