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Improvement works in full flow in Murroe

28 February 2024

Uisce Éireann’s investment in County Limerick continues with work getting underway in the coming days in Murroe to provide a more reliable water supply to the community and reduce high levels of leakage.

Uisce Éireann has prioritised over 500 metres of water mains for replacement due to the increasing frequency of supply interruptions in the Limerick village as a result of damaged water main infrastructure. 

These essential works involve the replacement of 500 metres of old water mains with new modern pipes at Abington, Murroe which will ensure a reduction in disruption from bursts and supply interruptions for customers, instilling greater confidence in the community. These works are being carried out as part of Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme. The section of works will take place along a segment of the L1125 and end at Abington Church. This significant project for the people of Murroe 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. 

Programme Manager for Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme, Jack Cronin, is thrilled that this important project is getting underway.

Old and damaged water mains remain a huge source of leakage and continue to impact communities right across County Limerick, causing low pressure and supply disruption. Replacing these old water mains in poor condition in Murroe will eliminate existing leaks and significantly reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground. The delivery of these essential works will help provide a safer, more secure water supply for Murroe by minimising the frequency of bursts and improving the resilience of the network. We would like to thank the 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 lasting benefits.”

The works will be carried out on behalf of Uisce Éireann by Ward & Burke Construction Ltd and are expected to be completed by May 2024.

Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. To deliver the works safely and efficiently, a road closure will be in place along the L1125 until 6pm on Friday, 29 March. The community can be assured that local and emergency traffic will always be maintained.

The works may require some short-term water interruptions, but the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned interruptions. 

The Uisce Éireann customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on X @IWCare with any queries.

This project is one example of how Uisce Éireann 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 2022 it was 37%. 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 page.