Programme will save water by reducing leakage in the network

Irish Water is carrying out a major leak repair programme costing €60,000 on the public network in Wicklow Town, Greystones, Kilcoole, Kilmacanague, Baltinglass and surrounding areas over the coming weeks. The contract to repair the leaks has been awarded to Richard Nolan Civil Engineering.

To date this year in Wicklow, Irish Water has repaired 247 leaks on the public network and 574 leaks have been repaired to the end of Q2 by Irish Water and customers under the ‘First Fix Free’ scheme.

Road opening licences have been applied for from Wicklow County Council and works are expected to commence before Christmas and be completed early in 2017. Traffic management systems will be in place in accordance with the road opening licence agreements and every effort will be made to keep disruption to road users and residents to a minimum.

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. In recent months, Irish Water have carried out various leak repairs in Wicklow including Bray, Greystones and Arklow were classified as critical.

All reported leaks 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 Ireland's infrastructure.

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% based 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. The 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. The scale of the challenge to address these deficiencies will take many years to complete but Irish Water 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 more information or to check if you are eligible for the scheme, please visit our First Fix Free page.


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