Irish Water, working in partnership with Westmeath County Council, is starting work this week to replace aging water mains prone to frequent bursts in the townland of Tullaghanmore, KIlbeggan. The water network in Tullaghanmore is fed by Lough Owel, a spring-fed water supply that has experienced critically low levels over the last number of months due to the exceptionally dry summer last year.

Benefits to Customers

Benefits to customers on the public water supply, once the works are completed will include:

  • A Reliable Water Supply – Replacement of water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area.
  • Reduced Leaks – Replacement of water mains and service connections will eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground. 
  • Improved Operation and Maintenance – These works will deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.

National Leakage Reduction Programme

The work is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which, over the next 4 years, will see €500 million invested to reduce the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing aging water mains. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.

The works involve the decommissioning of approximately 4kms of problematic water mains with modern high density polyethylene plastic pipes.

Where will the works take place?

The section of works will take place along the L1222 and the L1223 at the Loughan Crossroads. 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 customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of the replacement works. The works are due to be completed by May 2019.

To facilitate these works the L1222 will be closed to public traffic from January to March 2019 and the L1223 will be closed from March to May 2019. Alternative routes will be made available and traffic diversions will be sign-posted. Access for local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

Works may involve short-term water shut-offs

The works may involve short-term water shut-offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum 48 hour notice prior to any planned water shut-offs. 
Irish Water understands that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause. 

Commenting on the works, Derek Deignan, Irish Water Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead, said ‘The replacement of these aging water mains in Tullaghanmore, Kilbeggan will improve security of supply for local residents and businesses alike. Replacing the existing water mains with new modern pipes will provide a long-term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to customers. Irish Water understands this type of work can be inconvenient and will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these works may cause.’

More information 

Residents and businesses in the areas of the works have been notified and customers can call our customer care helpline on 1850 278 278 for any questions in relation to the works. 

To find out more about our national programme of works to reduce leakage and improve Ireland’s water supply visit the Leakage Reduction Programme Page.


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