Reducing leakage with savings of 1,004m3 of water per day

Homes and businesses in Drogheda are to benefit from Irish Water investing €3.2 million in the local water infrastructure. The investment includes the replacement and rehabilitation of 6km of aging water mains in Drogheda Town and the surrounding areas.

This investment will improve the water supply for customers by reducing leakage by approximately 1,004m3 of water per day. This project will involve the replacement of old water mains that are prone to leakage and regular bursts which can cause interruptions to the water supply to customers. Shared backyard services will be replaced and each property will be connected directly to the new watermain. This will improve the water pressure to homeowners and improve the quality and security of their water supply. The contract for the works was signed on Thursday, 5 January 2017 with David Walsh Civil Engineering Limited. The works are scheduled to commence in February and will take approximately 15 months to complete.

Traffic management measures will be put in place and every effort will be made to minimise impact on residents, businesses and road users.  Short-term water shut-offs for a number of hours over a day or two in each area will be required where pipes are being connected to the system. The project team will ensure that householders and businesses are advised of any works in their area in advance and will be given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut-offs.

Proposed water mains rehabilitation works will take place in the following locations:

  • Bolton Street
  • Loughboy/Trinity Street
  • Windmill Road
  • Laurence Street
  • Cord Road
  • Barrack Street
  • Congress Avenue/Priest’s Lane
  • Platin Road

Commenting on the investment, Irish Water’s Water Network and Rehabilitation Programmes Regional Lead for the East Midlands Region, Padraig Hanly, said “This investment will greatly improve the water infrastructure for residents and business owners in Drogheda and the surrounding areas. The replacement of these aging water mains that are prone to frequent bursts will improve the security of supply to customers in the areas affected. Irish Water is committed to reducing network leakage to less than 38% by 2021 and this investment will help us to meet this target.”

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