17 January 2019 Go back to News
Improving the water supply for local community in Colp, Co. Meath
Part of our National Leakage Reduction Programme
Irish Water, working in partnership with Meath County Council, is commencing works to replace ageing water mains prone to frequent bursts in Colp, Co. Meath.
The programme to replace problematic water mains in Colp is scheduled to commence next week and will involve the replacement of approximately 800 metres of aged problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. These works are being carried out as part of our National Leakage Reduction Programme. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of these improvement works. The works will take place along the Dublin Road R132 between the Beamore Road and Drogheda Road.
The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by GMC Utilities Group Ltd and are scheduled to be completed by March 2019.
What are the benefits?
Once complete, the benefits of the project will include a more reliable water supply for all customers on the public water supply in Colp. The works will result in reduced leakage on the network. Operational and maintenance costs will also be reduced as the network operation will require less maintenance.
The works are planned in short sections in order to limit impact on customers. 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 over the course of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
Replacing existing water mains with new modern pipes
Commenting on the works, Derek Deignan, Regional Lead on the Leakage Reduction Programme, said ‘The replacement of these ageing water mains in Colp, Co. Meath 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.’
We understand this type of work can be inconvenient and we will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these works may cause.
Residents and businesses in the areas of the works have been notified and customers can call the Irish Water customer helpline on 1850 278 278 for any questions in relation to the works.
Leakage Reduction Programme
Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme will, over the next 4 years, see €500 million invested to reduce the level of leakage across the country by fixing and 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.
To find out more about Irish Water’s national programme of works to reduce leakage and improve Ireland’s water supply visit our Leakage Reduction Programme Page.