Water saved is average daily use of 14,700 people

Irish Water, working in partnership with Wicklow County Council has saved almost 1.9 million litres of water per day in Wicklow following a collaborative and strategic approach to reducing leakage. That is the same amount of water as the average daily use of 14,700 people. Leakage reduction works involved the replacement of almost 20km of ageing watermains with high density polyethylene pipes and over 250 leak repairs through the First Fix Free scheme to safeguard the water supply for homes and businesses in Wicklow. The First Fix Free scheme alone has resulted in almost 150,000 litres every day being saved in 2020.

Installation of watermains

New watermains were installed in Wicklow Town; Arklow; Aughrim; Kilpedder; Blacklion; Kilcoole and Bray. Working in collaboration with Wicklow County Council and Ward and Burke Limited Irish Water has also mobilised crews across the county to find leaks using specialist sounding equipment and to carry out leak repairs on the supply network. This find and fix activity continues to progress in Kilcoole, Woodstock and Newtown Mount Kennedy, Drummin and Little Bray. 

All works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme and will ensure a more reliable water supply for all customers on the public water supply. 

What is involved?

Speaking about the water saving works in Wicklow, Joe Carroll, Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead said “We would like to thank the communities, businesses, homeowners and commuters for their patience and cooperation as we continue to deliver vital water network improvement works and leak repairs across the county helping to safeguard the water supply for 70,000 people in Wicklow. The works undertaken to date have been significant and include; 255 public side leaks have been repaired through Irish Water’s First Fix Free Scheme; 2,100 public side lead service connections have been replaced; 1,285 backyard service connections replaced and almost 20km of watermains replaced. Working together with Wicklow County Council we have had a positive impact on leakage and the daily lives of our customers in the County.”  

Irish Water is working proactively with our delivery partners and as part of a multi-agency working group to ensure that our construction works are carried out in a controlled and safe manner, in keeping with Government and HSE guidelines to protect workers, their families and the broader community.

Irish Water is working at this time, with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

Drought increases

Despite recent rainfall, the number of schemes in drought around the country has increased from 27 to 38 and the ones in potential drought has grown from 50 to 58 since the start of the Water Conservation Order on 8 June. In Wicklow, the Rathdrum water supply remains in drought and both Barnadarrig and Kirikee are at risk of going into drought.  We would like to thank the public in Wicklow for their cooperation and the efforts they have made to conserve water in their homes and gardens over the last couple of weeks and to appeal to them to continue supporting us in safeguarding water for essential uses.

More information

Irish Water and Wicklow County Council would like to remind the public to report any visible leaks to our customer care helpline which is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278. For more on our works to reduce leakage visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page.


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