13 January 2021 Go back to News
Irish Water progressing with essential works to safeguard the water supply to homes and businesses in Kildare and the GDA
Irish Water, working in partnership with Kildare County Council, is progressing with essential works to safeguard the drinking water supply for homes and businesses in Kildare and the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) in accordance with the current Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions.
These works form part of the Barrow Extension project which will provide up to an additional 18 million litres of drinking water per day for communities across the region. This is the equivalent of the average daily water consumption of 140,000 people and will support future growth and ensure a sustainable, secure and reliable water supply for customers now and into the future.
As part of this project, essential valve repair works will take place in a number of locations from 8am until 6pm on Thursday 14 January 2021. While works are ongoing, customers in the following locations may experience low water pressure or supply disruptions: Broadleas, Ardinode, Brannockstown, Carnalway, Old Connell, Caragh, Naas west, Naas town centre, Spring Gardens, Naas North, Rathaskar heights, Kilashee, Naas East, Two mile house, Lady town and surrounding areas. Following the completion of the works it may take 2-3 hours for normal water supply to return to all customers but it is important to continue to follow the HSE guidance on hand-washing.
Further works will take place from Monday 18 January 2021 to Friday, 26 March 2021 and will include the construction of 3km of new water main between Killashee and Naas via the Rathasker Road and two new booster pump stations, one at Brannockstown and one at Carnalway. To facilitate the safe delivery of these works, a temporary road closure will be in place on the L-6074 (at Carnalway) from the junction of the R448 (Kilcullen to Nass Road) to the junction of R412 (Brannockstown to Naas Road). Diversion routes will be in place and clearly signposted and local and emergency access will be maintained for residents for the duration of this temporary road closure. Impacted residents and businesses in the area will be directly notified.
Irish Water and Kildare County Council regret any inconvenience caused and thank customers for their patience while we carry out these essential works in accordance with the current Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions.
Speaking about the project, John O Donoghue, Regional Operations Manager, Irish Water said “Irish Water and our Local Authority partners are working together to safeguard the water supply for homes and businesses in Kildare and the wider Greater Dublin Area. The Barrow Extension Project will facilitate an increase of up to 18 million litres of drinking water per day in Kildare and the GDA which is critical for the provision of a secure, reliable and sustainable long-term water supply for the region for future decades and generations."
The delivery of the Barrow Extension project will help build resilience in the water distribution network by providing a strategic link between Srowland and Ballymore Eustace water treatment plants.The project involves the construction of 3km of new water mains between Killashee and Naas, via the Rathasker Road; two new pumping stations at Brannockstown and Carnalway; and upgrades to the pipework at Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant and Old Kilcullen Reservoir. The project is scheduled for completion in 2021. For more information, please visit the Barrow Water Supply Scheme Area Extension page on our website.
Irish Water continues to work 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. We would like to remind the public to continue to adhere to public health advice on hand washing and hygiene regarding Covid-19.
The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 and customers can also contact Irish Water on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates, please visit the Supply and Service Updates section of our website.