Another milestone reached in providing a more reliable water supply for Meath

08 December 2022

Working in partnership with Meath County Council, Uisce Éireann advises that works to replace the water mains along the Dublin Road area of Trim are now complete. Approximately 1.7 km of old and problematic pipes were replaced, representing a significant step and investment in reducing disruption from bursts and outages which have been affecting homes and businesses in Trim.

The works were part of Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme. The plan adopts a strategic and targeted approach to improving the water network across Ireland, through the delivery of a number of leakage reduction work streams, prioritising investment where it is needed most, and providing proactive solutions to local water supply issues.

Highlighting the importance of this upgrade and others in the area, Matt Thomson, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead at Uisce Éireann, said, “We are delighted to be making significant progress with essential upgrades for Trim with the completion of these works along the Dublin Road. In the last month we have also replaced aging Back Yard Service connections to a number of homes on Castle Street which were a significant source of leakage and supply disruption for customers as well as major upgrades to the water network along Market Street and Bridge Street. The complexity of these works in urban areas and the nature of the underground network, while posing challenges at times, have been overcome. Trim is beginning to see the benefits of our strategic investment in the area with homes and businesses enjoying long-term improvements to supply.

Though the journey continues, this is a fantastic achievement and I would like to thank the people of Trim for engaging with us, supporting our vision and helping us achieve these results.

Mark Rice, Executive Engineer with Meath County Council, added: “As a result of the collaboration between Meath County Council and Uisce Éireann, homes and businesses in Trim are enjoying a more secure and reliable water supply. The works undertaken through the Leakage Reduction Programme will benefit customers by strengthening and reinforcing the water network, reducing leaks and unplanned outages.

On behalf of Meath County Council, I would like thank these communities for their continued patience while we worked to provide a better water supply.

Fixing leaks can be complicated but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2021 it was reduced to 38%. We are on track to achieve a national leakage rate of 25% by the end of 2030. For more information, please visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.

Uisce Éireann is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.