Further water upgrades announced for Dunshaughlin as works continue in Meath

05 May 2022

Securing the water supply across Meath remains a top-priority for Irish Water with an additional programme of improvement works announced for Dunshaughlin. The works will form part of the water network upgrade project currently underway in the area which aims to drive down leakage and improve water quality and supply for the local community. The project represents a significant investment in Dunshaughlin which is being prioritised as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme.

By the end of May, Irish Water working in partnership with Meath County Council, will have replaced over 710m of old and problematic cast iron water mains along Main Street in Dunshaughlin to provide a more reliable water supply and improve the water quality. Cast iron water mains over time can become encrusted and can affect water quality and pressure. New, modern pipework installed as part of these improvement works will significantly reduce these issues for the community as well as helping to reduce the high level of leakage and bursts impacting customers.

In addition to this, Irish Water has announced a further programme of improvement works on Main Street as part of this project which will begin at the end of May. The project involves the replacement of an additional 300m of old cast-iron water mains with new modern pipes that will significantly improve water quality as well as reducing the instances of bursts and low pressure affecting customers. This section of works will take place from St. Seachnalls National School to the Church of Saint Patrick and Seachnall and is expected to be completed by the end of June 2022.  

Reiterating the importance of this major project for Dunshaughlin, Matt Thomson, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead with Irish Water, said, “We are very aware of the water quality issues that have been impacting homes and business in Dunshaughlin and this additional project will significantly improve their water quality. Replacing these old and damaged pipes which have a long history of bursting, causing outages and low pressure to homes and businesses, will help to deliver a much more reliable supply for generations to come.

Matt added: “These ongoing projects are part of a significant investment by Irish Water to upgrade the water network across Meath and we would like to thank customers for their continued cooperation and patience while we continue to upgrade and improve the water supply in county.”

GMC Utilities Group Ltd continue to carry out the works on behalf of Irish Water.

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 reduced to 38%.  We are on track to achieve a national leakage rate of 25%  by the end of 2030. For more information, please visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme project page.

The Irish Water 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 the Supply and Service Updates section of our website.

Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.