Follows replacement of two sections of old cast iron water mains on Bridge Street, and Hospital Road

The local community in Clifden have a safe, secure supply of water following the replacement of two sections of old cast iron water mains on Bridge Street, and Hospital Road in Clifden. The project, carried out by Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council, has led to a significant improvement in water quality for the local community, local businesses and for tourists visiting the area.

Regina Hopkins owner of the Kingstown House B&B 

“Clifden is a great place to live, and a fantastic tourist destination. As a business that caters for tourism clean water is essential. This project has made our lives easier and it has benefited the local community.  When we turn on the tap we get clean water, the discolouration from the old cast iron main has gone.”

350 meters of old cast iron water mains replaced

The recently completed programme of works has seen 350 meters of old cast iron water mains replaced. As well as ending the intermittent water quality issues in the area, the new watermains will reduce the likelihood of bursts and water outages and save time and resources on maintenance.

Paddy Hughes, Galway County Council

Paddy Hughes is a supervisor with Galway County Council and has maintained the Clifden Network for 43 years. He adds: “The section of cast iron mains on Bridge Street had been in the ground since 1937, over 80 years. It caused significant water discoloration problems. The age of the pipe had resulted in sediment getting into the water supply and coming out of people’s taps. Over the last number of years, our crew on the ground - myself, Pat O’Keefe and Stevie Lyden - have had to spend a lot of time flushing the sediment out of the water main. This project has put an end to these problems and has greatly improved the quality of water getting to the customer’s tap. It is great news for business owners like Jim and Regina and for everyone else who was affected."

Dave Murphy, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead

Through our Leakage Reduction Programme, all cast iron mains have now been removed from the Clifden network. Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead, Dave Murphy, says: “As part of Irish Water’s role to safeguard Ireland’s water, Irish Water is investing in a large-scale programme to reduce leakage rates and improve water quality.  It is great to see at first hand the benefits that these projects have brought to the local community. It is also important to acknowledge the often unseen, work that Paddy and his team from Galway County Council are doing on a daily basis.”


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