To date this year in County Wicklow, Irish Water has repaired 232 leaks on the public network and 574 leaks have been repaired by Irish Water and customers under the ‘First Fix Free’ scheme.

Loss of water due to leakage in the public network is a serious problem nationally and to address leakage in the public network in Wicklow, Irish Water is continuing to carry out its programme of investment to upgrade the water infrastructure across the county.

Irish Water continues to carry out repairs on the public network in Wicklow and repairs were completed on three leaks in Bray at Seapoint Court, Colahan Terrace and Main Street, Vevay. Five further leaks on the public network were repaired in Arklow that were directly impacting on customers. Investigations have been undertaken on leaks in Greystones and Irish Water has submitted an application for a road opening licence to carry out the repair at Blacklion.

Leakage repairs on the public network are prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan up to 2021.  This ensures a cost effective approach is undertaken to repair leaks in the public network, which are a result of historical underinvestment in the infrastructure.

To further upgrade the water infrastructure in County Wicklow, Irish Water is progressing with a contract to repair a number of non priority leaks that have been identified on the public network. It is expected that the programme will commence in Q4 of this year.  

Lost water due to leakage is estimated at 47% nationally based on figures from the national metering programme, and in Wicklow the figure is 37% across on 2015 figures.  This figure shows that the work carried out to date on the public network and from Irish Water’s ‘First Fix’ scheme is helping to reduce leakage in Wicklow below the National average.

Irish Water’s ‘First Fix Free’ Scheme

Irish Water launched its ‘First Fix Free’ scheme in early 2015 across all metered regions in Wicklow.  This scheme identifies properties where a potential leak has been identified.  Householders are asked to contact Irish Water to request a free leak investigation and a First Fix Repair Scheme offer detailing the terms and conditions of the repair are provided.

This scheme ensures customers can avail of a free fix on a leak within their property boundary that has occurred outside of their home. To date this year 574 customer side leaks have been found in Wicklow saving 1.18 million litres of water per day.

Capital Investment Programme

Irish Water is committed to rolling out its Capital Investment Programme to invest in Ireland’s water infrastructure.  Addressing leakage in the network forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan where over €530 million will be invested in upgrading water services in 2016 to improve the country’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.  We are under no elusion as to the scale of the challenge to address these deficiencies but will work to address these within the operational constraints imposed on Irish Water by its Regulatory Authorities which has delivered 7% cost efficiency savings every year since Irish Water was formed. 

For further information, please visit our First Fix Free page.


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