Frequent bursts in Duncannon, Co. Wexford soon to be a thing of the past

24 October 2022

Irish Water is set to improve the water supply in Duncannon Line at Balliniry, Co. Wexford by tackling bursts as part of its programme to drive down leakage and provide a more reliable water supply for the local community. The project, which will commence this week involves the replacement of approximately 1600m of problematic water mains with new modern pipes. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme and will be carried out by our colleagues in Wexford County Council. The works are estimated to be completed in February 2023.

Outlining the benefits the water mains replacement project will bring, Joe Carroll from Irish Water, explained: 

"Replacing these old and damaged pipes will reduce the amount of treated drinking water lost to leakage and greatly reduce the number of bursts on this section of main. This project will also deliver significant benefits to the local community and provide a more secure water supply. 

The works will take place along the R733 between the junction at Curraghmore and the junction with the R734 at Balliniry.

The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work."

To facilitate safe delivery of the works and efficiently replace this section of water main there is a need to operate under a local road closure. The road closure period granted by Wexford County Council to complete these works extends from 08.00 to 17.00 from Monday 17th October 2022 until Friday 3rd February 2023. During a planned road closure, local and emergency access will always be maintained. Diversion routes will be in place and clearly sign posted. It is planned to remove the closure during the Christmas period

Joe added, "I would like to thank the local community in advance for their patience and cooperation during the works, we know based on previous experiences that the short-term inconvenience will be overshadowed by the long-term benefits

Irish Water’s customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates, please visit our Supply and Service Updates section or set your location on our website.

Since 2018, Irish Water has invested over €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country through the delivery of the Leakage Reduction Programme. We are investing a further €600 million up to the end of 2024 - fixing leaks and replacing pipes to provide a more reliable water supply. This project is one example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Local Authorities to reduce leakage and provide a more reliable water supply.  Fixing leaks can be complicated but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2021 it was 38%. We are on track to achieve a national leakage rate of 25% by the end of 2030.