15 March 2018 Go back to News
Customers connected to new water main in Redcross in Wicklow improving water supply to homes and businesses in the area
€100,000 project has improved the water supply for customers
Irish Water has connected customers in Redcross to a new water main to improve the security of the water supply for residents and provide improved water pressure to homes and businesses in the area. The project also included upgrading the service connections that link properties to the public main and upgrading fire hydrants. The ageing water main was in a poor condition and prone to frequent bursts.
Reducing leakage on the network
The installation of over 500 metres of a new water main has reduced leakage in the network, will reduce supply disruptions and improve water pressure in properties for customers. The €100,000 investment included the laying of a new water main on the road in front of properties and a new connection for properties to the water main. The work commenced in December 2017 and took four weeks to complete.
Commenting on the investment Ivan Corcoran, Capital Programmes Lead, East and Midlands Region said “The installation of the new water main in Redcross in Wicklow has ensured a more reliable and secure water supply for customers. Residents will also benefit from improved water pressure to their properties. We also upgraded fire hydrants and connections along the Barndarrig Road. This project is part of our ongoing investment in Ireland’s water infrastructure in County Wicklow”.
Significant investment needed for sustained period to address poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure
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.