10.5km of aging and defective water mains to be replaced

Irish Water customers in Co. Kilkenny are set to benefit from a much more secure and reliable water supply as a result of a €3m project to replace 10.5km of old water mains at a number of locations around the county.

The work, which is being carried out in partnership with Kilkenny County Council, will involve the replacement of water mains in Newrath, Graiguenamanagh, Leggettsrath and Cherrymount/Knocktopher.

By replacing aging and defective water mains in these areas, this project will result in a significant improvement in water supply for local residents and businesses. There will be a big reduction in unplanned outages due to burst pipes and other related issues. Water pressure will also be improved as leakage rates on these sections of mains will be reduced. Overall, this will result in a much improved service to customers in terms of efficiency and security of supply.

In addition to replacing 10.5km of water mains, the work will also include the replacement of service pipes connecting private properties to the mains. These works are due to get underway in the coming weeks and will be carried out by David Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd on behalf of Irish Water.

Lisa Cogan, Irish Water’s Regional Infrastructure Lead, commented “We are very pleased to be progressing with this project in Kilkenny which will have many benefits for local customers. As well as providing a more reliable water supply, this project will also lead to a big reduction in the volume of water lost to leakage, which will in turn result in better water pressure.

This project, along with the Inistioge Thomastown Water Supply Scheme, which is currently under construction, is part of Irish Water’s commitment to address historic issues with the water supply network in Kilkenny and around the county, ultimately providing better quality and resilience in the water supply network.”

Construction work is due to start in the coming weeks and is expected to last for approximately 15 months. The work will be carried out in short sections to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and road users.

The works may also involve some short-term water shut offs for a number of hours over a day or two in each location when the new pipes are being connected to the existing pipework system. The project team will ensure that householders and businesses are advised of any works in their area in advance and will be given 48 hours prior notice of water shut offs.

Updates will be available on the Service and Supply Section or by callling our customer care team on 1850 278 278.


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