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Ballinoosky set to benefit from water mains replacement works

16 April 2024

Uisce Éireann’s investment in County Clare continues with work commencing this week in Ballinoosky to provide a more reliable water supply to the community and reduce high levels of leakage.

Uisce Éireann has prioritised almost 700 metres of water mains for replacement which will ensure a reduction in disruption from bursts and supply interruptions for customers, instilling greater confidence in the community. 

The section of works will take place along a section of the L-3164 Lemenaghmore. This significant project for the people of Ballinoosky will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. These works are being carried out as part of Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.

Programme Manager for Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme, Jack Cronin, is thrilled for this important project to begin.

This essential work is part of a significant investment by Uisce Éireann to improve the water network across the country, prioritising investment where it is needed most enabling these communities to thrive.” 

To deliver the works safely and efficiently, a road closure will be in place along a section of the L-3164 Lemenaghmore from Monday, 15 April until Friday, 3 May. Diversion routes will be in place along the R458 and R472. Traffic management will also be in place at this time, in the form of traffic lights.

Ward & Burke Construction Ltd are carrying out the works on behalf of Uisce Éireann which are expected to be completed by summer.

This project is one example of how Uisce Éireann is working in partnership with Clare County Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated. We have over 63,000 km of water pipes underground in Ireland – enough to circle the earth one and a half times. Most leaks aren’t visible, resulting in precious water being lost but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2022 it was 37%. We are on track to achieve a national leakage rate of 25% by the end of 2030.

The works may require some short-term water interruptions, but the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned interruptions. 

The Uisce Éireann customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on X @IWCare with any queries.

For more information on the national Leakage Reduction Programme, please visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.