Investment in Bennettsbridge’s infrastructure promises reliable water supply for community

26 June 2023

Uisce Éireann, in partnership with Kilkenny County Council is replacing 2.5km of ageing, damaged water mains prone to bursts along Annamult Road.

Works are scheduled to commence this week on the on the Annamult Road from the R700 junction heading South for 2.5 km’s. The works represent a significant investment in reducing disruption from bursts and outages which have been affecting homes and businesses in the area. 

Programme Manager, for Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme, Joe Carroll is looking forward to getting crews on site. “Old and damaged water mains remain a huge source of leakage and continue to impact communities right across Ireland, causing low pressure and supply disruption. Replacing these old water mains in poor condition will eliminate existing leaks and significantly reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.”

We would like to thank the community in Bennesttsbrige 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 may require some short-term water interruptions, but the project team will ensure customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned interruptions. We understand this type of work is inconvenient, and our crews will make every effort to minimise disruption to the local people.  

Shareridge Civil will carry out the works on behalf of Uisce Éireann with a completion date in September 2023. 

This project forms part of Uisce Eireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme and will help us achieve our 2030 goal of a national leakage rate of 25%. The National Leakage Reduction team has made great strides since 2018 when the leakage rate stood at 46%. 

Since 2018, Uisce Éireann has invested more than €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country through the delivery of the national Leakage Reduction Programme. We are investing a further €250 million every year up to the end of 2030 - fixing leaks and replacing pipes to provide a more reliable water supply.

For more information on the national Leakage Reduction Programme, please visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.