1.7 kilometres of old problematic water mains will be replaced

Works are getting underway in the coming weeks in Taghadoe to improve water supply by tackling high levels of leakage. Irish Water, in partnership with Kildare County Council, is replacing 1.7km of ageing water mains in Taghadoe, Co Kildare to improve security of supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage.

Works to be completed by April 2019

These works are part of our national Leakage Reduction Programme and will be carried out by Ward & Burke Construction Ltd. in partnership with Kildare County Council on behalf of Irish Water. The works are expected to be completed by April 2019.

Area affected

The section of works will take place along the Straffan Road (R406) between the junction south of the M4 interchange and the intersection with the L5037. 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 the customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.

Part of national Leakage Reduction Programme

This work is being carried out as part of our national Leakage Reduction Programme, which will see €500m invested nationally over the next four years to tackle problematic pipes and leakage in Ireland’s ageing water network.

“As they get older, some pipes have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts.” said Joe Carroll, Networks Programme Regional Lead, Irish Water. “The installation of this water main is essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply for this area, now and into the future.”

Short-term water shut offs may be required

Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. Traffic management will be in place during this time with stop/go arrangements or temporary traffic lights in place on the Straffan Road as required. It is planned to carry out works between the hours of 20:00 hrs and 05:00 hrs in agreement with Kildare County Council in order to further minimise traffic disruption. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. 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.

“We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption. Customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about the project,” added Carroll. For more information please visit our national Leakage Reduction Programme page.


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