4 July 2016 Go back to News
Irish Water investing in Wicklow’s Reservoirs
Irish Water in partnership with Wicklow County Council, is carrying out a programme of maintenance work on 10 reservoirs across County Wicklow. The project is being carried out to inspect the condition of the reservoirs and to enable Irish Water to carry out any maintenance works that may be required. These works will safeguard the quality of the drinking water and increase the security of the supply for the people of Wicklow.
The reservoirs included in the programme are Coolboy/Coolafany, Hollywood, Kiltegan, Knockananna, Knockanarrigan, Rathdangan, Stratford, Valleymount/Ballyknockan, Barndarrig and Thomastown Reservoirs. The Knockananna Reservoir is the first reservoir to be included in the programme and work will take place from Tuesday, 5 July to Thursday, 7 July. Irish Water will write to affected customers prior to the work taking place, ensuring they are kept fully informed of the programme. The majority of the programme is expected to be completed by October of this year with work scheduled to take place on the Hollywood and Valleymount/Ballyknockan reservoirs in Spring 2017.
To facilitate the maintenance work, the reservoirs will be emptied, which may cause an interruption to customers’ water supplies. The works at each reservoir will take two to five days to complete and alternative water supplies, through the provision of water tankers, will be provided to customers during the duration of the work. Once the reservoirs are drained an inspection will be carried out to determine if any upgrade work is required. This might require the reservoirs to be out of service for, an additional period of time but customers will be kept informed on all updates during the project. All the reservoirs will also be cleaned during the programme.
Commenting on the programme Irish Water’s Regional Operations and Maintenance Manager, for the East and Midlands Region, Tom Leahy said “Irish Water is committed to providing a high quality and secure water supply for the people of Wicklow. It is important for us to inspect all our assets and carry out routine maintenance work. We apologise to customers who may be impacted by water interruptions during programme. This programme is an important part of our ongoing improvement work to our water infrastructure in County Wicklow”.