Irish Water commenced work on Monday, 17 October on the Maynooth water main rehabilitation advance works project. The €50,000 project will replace aging water mains, improve the water pressure to homes and businesses and improve the security of the water supplies to in the Dublin Road area of Maynooth. The project is expected to take two weeks to complete and will be carried out by David Walsh Civil Engineering.

The scope of the project includes for the replacement of old defective cast iron water mains and associated service connections. During the project Irish Water will replace any lead connections to customers’ homes ensuring that they will have access to lead free drinking water. This is the short length of pipe connecting the mains to the outside stop valve. Irish Water recently published its Draft Lead in Drinking Water Mitigation Plan which encourages homeowners whose houses were built before 1980 to check their internal plumbing for lead pipes. For customers that have replaced their lead piping Irish Water will replace the service connection free of charge.

Irish Water has secured a road opening license and construction on Dublin Road will take place between 10:00am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. Crews will carry out work in the area but not on the road during peak traffic times. A traffic management system will be in place to ensure that traffic disruption is kept to a minimum and Irish Water apologises for any inconvenience caused while the work is being carried out.

Commenting on the project Ivan Corcoran, East and Midlands Programmes Specialist for Irish Water, said “The replacement of aging water mains in Maynooth will ensure customers will have a more reliable and secure water supply.  Burst water mains are a common problem across the country resulting from decades of under investment in water infrastructure. This project is part of our ongoing investment in Ireland’s water infrastructure”.


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