2 May 2019 Go back to News
Carrying out significant Leakage Reduction works in Co. Laois to improve security of water supply
5 separate projects in Co. Laois to address the issue of leakage in the county
Irish Water, working in partnership with Laois County Council, today revealed details of 5 separate projects it is undertaking in Co. Laois in order to address the issue of leakage in the county. The projects are:
- Replacement of backyard watermains and provision of new connections in St. Fintain’s Terrace, Mountrath
- Replacement of ageing watermains on Shannon Street, Mountrath
- Replacement of ageing backyard watermains in St. Joseph’s Terrace, Mountmellick
- Replacing ageing watermains in Erkindale Drive, Durrow
- Replacing of ageing watermains in St. FIntan’s Terrace, Co. Laois
Works will improve water pressure
Once complete, the benefits of these projects for the local community will include a more reliable water supply for all customers. This means reduced leakage on the network which will improve water pressure to homes and businesses. Operational and maintenance costs will also be reduced as the network operation will require less maintenance.
Part of our national Leakage Reduction Programme
The work is part of our national Leakage Reduction Programme which, over the next 4 years, will see €500 million invested to reduce the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing aging water mains. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.
Existing pipes will be replaced with new modern plastic pipes
Existing pipes will be replaced with new modern high density polyethylene plastic pipes. The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to the customers’ property boundary and connecting it to the customers’ water supply.
Details of Work
St. Fintan’s Terrace, Mountrath
The works involve the decommissioning of 1.1 kms of aged and problematic back yard mains. 757 metres 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. This work will start in the last week of May and will be completed in September.
View project factsheet for St. Fintan's Terrace here.
Shannon Street, Mountrath
The works will take place along the lower end of Shannon Street between Shannon Road and Woodbrook and will involve the replacement of over 262 metres of old cast iron mains. This work will start in the last week of May and will be completed in September.
View project factsheet for Shannon Street here.
St. Joseph’s Terrace, Mountmellick
These works involve the decommissioning of approximately 183kms of old cast iron back yard water mains. 214 metres 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. These works are now underway and are due for completion by the end of May.
View project factsheet for St. Josephs Terrace here.
Erkindale Drive, Durrow
These works involve the replacement of approximately 584 metres of problematic water mains outside the village of Durrow just off the N77 and laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to the customers’ property boundaries and connecting the customers’ water supply. These works will commence in mid-May and are due for completion by mid-July.
View project factsheet for Erkindale Drive here.
Saint Fintan’s Terrace, Durrow
These works involve decommissioning of approximately 183 metres of aged and problematic back yard water mains. These works will commence in mid-May and are due for completion by mid-July.
View project factsheet for Saint Fintan's Terrace here.
Possible short-term water shut offs
We have planned the works in short sections in order to limit impact on customers. Traffic management will be required for some of the works. Works 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. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
Joe Carroll, Network Programme Regional Lead
‘The works being carried out by Irish Water to address the issue of leakage in Co. Laois will improve security of supply for local residents and businesses alike. Replacing the existing water mains with new modern pipes will provide a long-term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to customers. Irish Water understands this type of work can be inconvenient and will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these works may cause.’
Residents and businesses in the areas of the works have been notified and customers can call our customer helpline on 1850 278 278 for any questions in relation to the works. To find out more about our national programme of works to reduce leakage and improve Ireland’s water supply visit our Leakage Reduction Programme Page.