€250,000 project has improved the water supply for customers

Irish Water has connected customers in O’Molloy Street and Marian Place in Tullamore to a new watermain which has improved the security of the water supply for customers. The €250,000 investment included the replacement of 274 shared backyard service connections and connecting each property directly to the new watermain. Work to connect customers to the new watermain was completed in Quarter 4, 2016.

A service connection is the waterpipe which joins Irish Water’s public watermain to a customer’s property. Service connection pipes can be either separate (one pipe per property), or shared (two or more properties fed by a single common service pipe). Shared water mains located in customers' backyards can result in a high number of bursts and interruptions to the water supply for customers.

Commenting on the investment Padraig Farrell, Capital Programmes Lead for the East and Midlands Region, said “The replacement of shared service connections in O’Molloy Street and Marian Place in Tullamore has ensured a more reliable and secure water supply for customers. Customers will also benefit from improved water pressure as they are now directly connected to the new water main and do not share a service connection with another property. This project is part of our ongoing investment in Ireland’s water infrastructure”.

Irish Water spent over €530 million on water services in 2016. Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan up to 2021. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6bn.

For more information, please view the Irish Water Business Plan in full. 


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