€10 million investment in the rehabilitation of water mains across the city

Irish Water and Galway City Council water services staff today (Monday, September 10), updated the Galway City Councillors on the progress of works taking place under Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme and the €10 million investment in the rehabilitation of water mains across the city.

Large scale rehabilitation of 19 kilometres of water mains

This is one of a series of councillor clinics that are hosted by Irish Water and Galway City Council throughout the year. The clinics have an open door policy and gives elected representatives the opportunity to hear updates on projects and ask questions. Today’s briefing focused on leakage reduction works which are targeting the replacement of ageing water mains, prone to frequent bursts in a number of locations throughout the city as well as the large scale rehabilitation of 19 kilometres of water mains.

Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme Lead Dave Murphy commented: “Today’s briefing outlined the works being carried out and the benefits that these projects will bring to residents, businesses and visitors to Galway city and surrounding areas. This week our teams will commission a new 700 metre section of water main in Briarhill replacing an old one that had been prone to frequent bursts. Next week they will start on the White Strand Road. The benefits include improvements to water supply, water pressure and reduced leakage. Once complete customers will enjoy an improved flow of water ensuring a more secure supply.”

Replacing ageing water mains over the next four years

The works are part of our National Leakage Reduction Programme which will reduce the high level of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing ageing water mains over the next four years.

Separately Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway City Council, is also in the process of rolling out a programme of works to replace ageing water mains prone to frequent bursts in a number of locations across the city as part of a €10 million investment.

Commenting on the project Padraig Hanly, Irish Water’s Programme Regional Lead said: “The replacement of ageing water mains in Galway City will ensure customers have a more reliable and secure water supply. Burst water mains are a common problem across the country from decades of under investment in water infrastructure. Irish Water is committed to addressing this and the replacement of these ageing water mains is part of Irish Water’s ongoing investment in Ireland’s water infrastructure.”

Ensure a more reliable water supply for customers

This project will focus on replacing ageing pipes in Prospect Hill, Claddagh, Bohermore, Shantalla, Rahoon, Newcastle, Taylor’s Hill, Mervue, Roscam and Coolagh. Padraig emphasised the importance of these works, and the benefits of improved water quality and continuity of supply that they will bring to those effected.

Once complete, the benefits of the project for local communities will include a more reliable water supply for all customers. This means reduced leakage on the network and improved water quality which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.

Works may involve some short term water shut offs

The project is being carried out in stages and will be limited to short sections at a time to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and road users. The works involves some short-term water shut offs for a number of hours over a day or two in each area when the pipes are being connected to the new water mains. The project team will ensure that householders and businesses are advised of any works in their area and will be given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs.

Traffic management measures will be in place for the duration of the works which may cause some disruption but local access will be maintained at all times. 

Irish Water's Business Plan

Irish Water spent over €526 million on water services in 2017. Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan up to 2021. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6bn.

Leakage Reduction Programme

For more information, visit our Leakage Reduction Programme section.

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