First time surveys of this scale are being carried out in these locations

Irish Water, working in partnership with local County Councils, are surveying the sewer network in Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford City and Dungarvan. This is the first time surveys of this scale are being carried out in these locations and will allow us to assess the capacity, condition and performance level of the sewer network.

Improve performance of the wastewater networks

The survey results will inform the Drainage Area Plans for each of the different regions. We are investing over €2.5 million to develop the plans in Waterford City and Dungarvan. We are also developing plans and investing a further €1.5 million into both Wexford Town and Kilkenny City. These plans will help to improve the performance of the wastewater networks, protect the environment and facilitate social and economic development over the coming years in these regions.

Waterford City and Dungarvan works

McAllister Bros Ltd is carrying out the survey on our behalf in Waterford City, while U.S.A. Limited is carrying out the survey in Dungarvan. Survey works commenced in March. The works involve using CCTV to survey almost 40 kilometres of sewers, mapping and inspecting an estimated 4,500 manholes, and monitoring the wastewater and rainwater flows in the network.

Wexford Town works

McBreen Environmental Limited  is undertaking the survey works, which commenced in April. The works involve using CCTV to survey the condition of over 17 kilometres of sewers, mapping and inspecting an estimated 2,600 manholes, and monitoring the wastewater and rainwater flows in the network.

Kilkenny City works

RPS Environmental Management Limited is undertaking the survey works, which commenced at the end of April. The works involve using CCTV to survey over 22 kilometres of sewers, mapping and inspecting an estimated 2,300 manholes, and monitoring the wastewater and rainwater flows in the network.

Some traffic management will be in place

Some traffic management around manholes will be required for a limited time to facilitate the surveys. Traffic management will be managed in co-ordination with the County Council for each of the areas with limited or no traffic disruption expected.

This work is part of our commitment to protecting Ireland’s waterways and coastal areas and ensuring that the wastewater infrastructure is in place to support population growth and economic development.

Alan Morrissey, Capital Programmes Regional Lead

“This work is part of Irish Water’s commitment to protecting Ireland’s waterways and ensuring that the wastewater infrastructure is in place to support population growth and economic development. Much of the sewer network is in poor condition due to its age and decades of under-investment. In addition, only a small portion of it has been accurately mapped and assessed to determine its condition.”

“Data gathered from this project will allow us to improve the wastewater treatment network in Kilkenny City by identifying the areas most urgently in need of upgrading and allowing us to plan our investment so that we can meet the needs of these communities now and into the future.”

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