€100,000 project has improved the water supply for customers
Irish Water has installed a new watermain in Crophill, Castledermot improving the water quality and security of the water supply for residents. The €100,000 investment included the laying of new water mains on the road in front of properties and new service connections for customers at six properties including the replacement of two lead service connections. This project also addressed a local exceedance of iron levels in the water supply. The work was carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Dunne Brothers Limited and took eight weeks to complete.
One of the benefits of replacing the ageing water mains for residents is the reduction of iron levels in the water. This can occur when water passes through old cast iron pipes. The project has also improved the security of the water supply for customers, improved water pressure to properties, and reduced the level of disruption to customers as leakage on the network has been reduced. The replacement of the old cast iron mains will also deliver financial savings as there will be less ongoing maintenance costs associated with the upgraded pipelines.
Commenting on the investment Ivan Corcoran, Capital Programmes Lead, East and Midlands Region, said “The installation of a the new watermain in Crophill has improved water quality and ensured a more reliable and secure water supply for customers. Residents will also benefit from improved water pressure to their properties and a reduction of iron levels in the water which can occur from old cast iron water mains. This project is part of our ongoing investment in Ireland’s water infrastructure”.
Irish Water spent over €530 million on water services in 2016. 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.