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Investment in Rathduff infrastructure guarantees improved water service

03 October 2023

Uisce Éireann, in partnership with Kilkenny County Council, is pleased to announce a significant investment in the replacement of 2km of ageing and damaged water mains in Rathduff. These water mains have been prone to bursts, causing disruption to homes and businesses in the area. This infrastructure upgrade aims to provide a reliable water supply for the community and reduce the frequency of bursts and outages.

Scheduled to commence in October, the works will begin from the crossroads on the R700 towards Kilkenny and end at Barrons Court. To minimise the impact on customers, areas of work will be limited to short sections. In addition, a stop/go traffic management system will be in place to ensure the smooth flow of traffic, while local and emergency traffic will always be maintained. While the works may require some short-term water interruptions, Uisce Éireann assures customers that they will be given a minimum of 48 hours' notice prior to any planned interruptions. The project team is fully aware of the inconvenience caused by such works and will make every effort to minimize disruption to the local people. 

Programme Manager, for Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme, Dave Murphy 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.” Dave Murphy also extended his gratitude to the community of Rathduff for their patience and cooperation during the works. He highlighted that the short-term inconvenience will be greatly outweighed by the lasting benefits of a reliable water supply

Shareridge Civil Engineering will carry out the works on behalf of Uisce Éireann and are expected to be completed by early 2024. 

Customers can phone Uisce Éireann on 1800 278 278 if they have any questions about the project or check out the Water Supply Updates section of the Uisce Éireann website for regular updates.

The works involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customer’s water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these are being replaced.

For more information visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.

Uisce Éireann is responsible for delivering public drinking water and wastewater services for the people of Ireland. We are committed to enabling communities to thrive by continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support sustainable growth and development, providing safe drinking water, and enhancing the environment. To find out more visit the Uisce Éireann website.