25 November 2020 Go back to News
Irish Water is progressing with watermain improvement works to safeguard the water supply to homes and businesses in Knockbrack, Oldcastle
Irish Water, working in partnership with Meath County Council, will be commencing works at the end of November in Knockbrack, Oldcastle to safeguard the water supply to homes and businesses in the area. The delivery of these essential works will provide a safer, more secure water supply for the area minimising the frequency of bursts and improving the resilience of the network.
The works will involve the replacement of 200 metres of new watermains along local road L2800 and the laying of new water service connections. 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 outage.
In order to safely facilitate the delivery of the works traffic management will be in place. The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by GMC Utilities Ltd and are expected to be completed by December 2020.
Speaking about the project, Matt Thompson, Irish Water said, “We understand that 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 would like to thank the local community, businesses and homeowners for their patience and cooperation while we deliver this essential water network improvement project safeguarding the water supply for homes and businesses in Oldcastle.”
This project is one example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Meath County Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000km of water pipe but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2019 it was 42% and we are currently on course to achieving a national leakage rate of 38% by 2021.
Irish Water is working at this time, with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.
Irish Water is working proactively with our delivery partners and as part of a multi-agency working group to ensure that our construction works are carried out in a controlled and safe manner, in keeping with Government and HSE guidelines to protect workers, their families and the broader community.
Irish Water and Meath County Council regrets any inconvenience caused. Our customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates, please visit the Supply and Service Updates section of the Irish Water website.