Project will provide security of supply, improve water quality and reduce high leakage levels

Irish Water, working in partnership with Carlow County Council, are replacing ageing backyard water mains and providing new service connections for customers in Graiguecullen to provide security of supply, improve water quality and reduce high leakage levels.

What will the works involve? 

The works involve decommissioning of approximately 3.6 kilometres of old cast iron back yard water mains. 2.5 kilometres of new water mains will be constructed along the public road and new service connections will be installed from the new water main to each customer’s property. The communities to benefit from these improvement works are: Governey Park, Maher Road, Staunton Avenue, Whitney Place, St Clare's Road, Croppy Place, Colclough Avenue, Derrig Avenue, St Fiacc's Terrace, Sleaty Street, Pearse Road, Duggan Avenue and Pacelli Avenue.

The works also involve decommissioning of a further 700 metres of old cast iron back yard mains. New water mains have already been constructed along the public road in these areas therefore works only require new service connections to be installed from the new water main to each customer’s property. The communities to benefit from these improvement works are: Maryborough Street, Chapel Street, Church Street, The Numbers, Henry Street.

New service connections will be made with HDPE plastice pipes

It is likely that the service connections currently serving these properties from the old back yard services in Graiguecullen are made from lead. All new service connections will be made with modern high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes to ensure a safer, more reliable supply of water to customers in the area. These works will be carried out by Coffey Northumbrian Ltd in partnership with Carlow County Council on behalf of Irish Water.

Speaking at the event about the benefits of the works, Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme Lead for Carlow Mark O’Duffy said,

“This is a significant investment in water services in Graigucullen.  The benefits of the works are quite significant, customers will experience a more reliable water supply - replacing the old water mains with new water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers in the area. The works will also reduce leaks – replacement of old water mains and service connections in poor condition will eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground. This will also mean improved water quality – removing existing old cast iron and lead from the water network and replacing them with new plastic pipes will reduce the risk of contamination. In addition, these works will deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.”

Works will involve some short-term water shut offs

The works when they commence 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. Where water mains are being constructed traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

You can contact us on Callsave 1850 278 278 if you have any questions. We regret any inconvenience these essential water network improvement works may cause.

Leakage Reduction Programme

To find out more about the national programme of works to reduce leakage and improve Ireland’s water supply, visit our Leakage Reduction Programme Page.

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