Works to replace problematic water mains in Ashbourne to commence next week

Irish Water, working in partnership with Meath County Council, is progressing with works to improve the water network in Ashbourne to safeguard the water supply for homes and businesses in the area.

The programme to replace problematic water mains in Ashbourne is scheduled to commence next week and will involve the upsizing of  almost 2 kilometres of aged problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The works will take place along the R135 from St. Johns Wood Court north to the M2 Roundabout. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme. These works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by GMC Utilities Group Ltd. and are expected to be completed in July. 

Traffic management and shut offs

Irish Water has planned the works in short sections in order to limit impact on customers. 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. Traffic management will be in place over the course of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

Commenting on the replacement of the watermain, Liam Henry, Project Manager on the Leakage Reduction Programme said ‘The replacement of these ageing water mains in Ashbourne will safeguard the water supply for local residents and businesses. Replacing the existing water mains with new modern pipes will provide a long-term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to customers.’

What is involved?

Further to the replacement of this watermain Irish Water can confirm that we will be progressing with ice-pigging on other sections of the network in the Ashbourne area in March. Ice pigging is a process in which an ice slush is pumped into a watermain and forced along the inside so as to remove sediment and other unwanted deposits thus cleaning the pipe and reducing incidents of water discolouration.

Irish Water and Meath County Council understands this type of work can be inconvenient and will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these works may cause. We wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused by these essential works that are necessary to safeguard the water supply for homes and businesses in Ashbourne.

More information

Residents and businesses in the areas of the works can call the Irish Water customer helpline on 1850 278 278 for any questions in relation to the works. To find out more about Irish Water’s national programme of works to reduce leakage and improve Ireland’s water supply visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page.

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