Irish Water and Limerick City & County Council are due to begin work this week to replace old water mains in the Kilcolman East/Ballywilliam area. This will result in a more secure water supply for local homes and businesses, reduce leakage and improve water quality.

Approximately 5.4km of old water mains will be replaced and new service connections will be laid from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connected 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.

Works are being undertaken from the junction of the R518 and L1213, due south towards the Ahalin/Knockaderry road for 5.4km. The project will be carried out by Shareridge Ltd as part of Irish Water's Leakage Reduction Programme and is expected to be completed by early 2021.

In order to facilitate the efficient and safe construction of the water main, a road closure will be in place from Thursday 19 November on the route of the works.

There will be no through access during the proposed closure. However local access will be maintained at all times.

The suggested diversion for both north and southbound traffic is the R518 to/from Rathkeale to Ballingarry Village and east/west bound to/from Ahalin/Knockaderry.

Gerry O'Donnell, Irish Water's Regional Delivery Lead said: "The replacement of these old water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area. Works such as these are a key part of the Leakage Reduction Programme which involves an investment of €500 million nationally to tackle the serious problem of leakage in our water network.

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.

Updates will be posted on the Supply and Service Updates section of Irish Water’s website.

Irish Water regrets any inconvenience as a result of this essential work and thanks customers and road users for their patience while we carry out this work. Our customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries.

Irish Water is working at this time, with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

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