Granby Row residents look forward to a safer, more reliable water supply as works set to begin

01 April 2022

The residents of Granby Row in Carlow town, nestled between the River Barrow and Mill stream are set to benefit from a significant investment by Irish Water, as the utility gears up to begin works there next week.

Working in partnership with Carlow County Council, Irish Water is replacing ageing backyard water mains and providing new service connections for residents on Granby Row, with work commencing early next week. Backyard services are usually shared, running through several neighbouring properties making it difficult to detect and repair leaks and since all properties share a connection, leaks and bursts affect all properties usually resulting in low pressure.

In some older estates, water connections typically made of iron or lead, were installed to the rear of the property, and are often referred to as backyard service connections. The pipework due to age and deteriorating condition are a significant source of leakage and reduced levels of service.

Speaking about the proposed works, Irish Water’s Joe Carroll said;

The works in Granby Row involve the decommissioning of ageing back yard water mains and the delivery of 400 meters of new water mains constructed along the public road. The works are to be undertaken on Granby Row to the junction with Green Road and on College Gardens and will be carried out by Shareridge Ltd. in partnership with Carlow County Council on behalf of Irish Water. The benefits will see fewer bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area. The new pipes will eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.

We thank the local residents for their patience and cooperation in advance as there will be some disruption in the short term, however, based on previous experiences, we know that this will be overshadowed by the longer-term benefits.

A survey is required at each property within this community. The individual survey is undertaken to assess the current water connection arrangement for that property and discuss the best way to connect the new service to the customer’s home. 

Customers to benefit from these improvement works will be contacted directly by Shareridge Ltd. to provide information about the required works and to discuss a suitable time to carry out an individual survey. 

The works, when they commence, may involve some short-term water outages and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48-hours’ notice prior to any planned water outages. Where water mains are being constructed traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be always maintained.  The works will take 4 weeks to complete.

We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.

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 the Supply and Service Updates section or set your location on our website.

Irish Water has invested over €500 million between 2017 and the end of 2021 to reduce leakage and replace old pipes on the public water network. 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%.