Part of national Leakage Reduction programme

Irish Water, working in partnership with Kilkenny County Council, will shortly begin work to replace and upgrade 2.9km of old water mains in the Kilmacow area. This will result in significant improvements in water supply for local businesses and residents.

The existing pipes will be replaced with modern HDPE pipes on a 2.2km stretch between Ballykeoghan and Lacey’s Cross in the townland of Dangan and along a 700m stretch in the townland of Arderra. 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 each customer’s water supply.

High levels of leakage and bursts due to age and poor condition of pipes

The pipes that are being replaced are subject to high levels of leakage and bursts due to their age and poor condition. Replacing them will result in a much improved water supply for the area, with fewer outages due to burst pipes and better water pressure and water quality overall.

The works, which will be carried out by Coffey Northumbrian Ltd, will get underway in the coming week and are expected to be completed by the end of October.

€500 million invested to reduce leakage across the country

This is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which over the next four years will see €500 million invested to reduce the high level of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing ageing water mains. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.

Mark O’Duffy, Water Networks Programme regional lead, commented “We are pleased to be starting this project in the Kilmacow area which will reduce leakage and result in a major improvement in water supply for local customers. 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.

“We would like to thank the people of the area for their patience and support as we deliver this essential project.”

Works may involve short-term water shut offs

Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on residents, businesses and road users. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.

Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works. There will be local diversions via Kilmacow as appropriate but local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

Regular updates

Irish Water would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience as a result of this essential work. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section and our 24/7 Customer Care helpline at 1850 278 278.

For more information, visit out Leakage Reduction Programme section.

Report a leak in public property

You can report a leak in public property, such as footpaths, roads and communal areas, using our Report a Leak from or calling 1850 278 278.


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