Part of project to replace 25km of ageing water mains throughout Co. Meath

Irish Water is working in partnership with Meath County Council to replace approximately 3.5km of ageing water mains in Duleek. The replacement of the water mains along the R125 from Duleek Graveyard to Beymore Road is part of Irish Water’s investment to replace 25km of ageing water mains throughout County Meath.  Work commenced last week on the project and is expected to take approximately eight weeks to complete.  During the works  traffic management measures will be in place and local access will be maintained at all times.

The ageing water mains will be replaced with new heavy duty polyethylene (HDPE) and ductile iron pipes. The benefits of this project to customers include a more reliable water supply by reducing the frequency of disruptions caused by bursts and improving water quality. It will also improve water pressure as leakage to homes and businesses will be reduced. Upon completion, there will be significant improvements in network performance and levels of customer service in terms of efficiency and security of supply.

Residents and businesses in affected areas will be notified
The replacement works will be carried out in short sections to minimise impacts on residents, businesses and road users. The works will involve some short-term water shut offs for a number of hours over a day or two in each location when the new pipes are being connected to the existing pipework system. The project team will ensure that householders and businesses are advised of any works in their area in advance and will be given 48 hours prior notice of water shut offs. Residents and businesses in the affected areas will be notified ahead of the works commencing and provided with contact details should they have any queries.

Commenting on the project, William McKnight, Infrastructure Programme Regional Lead at Irish Water said “This phase of the project will provide a more reliable water supply for customers in Duleek. Ageing water mains are prone to frequent bursts and reduce water pressure to homes and businesses. Investing in our water networks will secure the supply for customers and support future economic development across Meath.”

Irish Water investing in the water network in Meath
This phase of the project in Duleek is part of Irish Water’s investment in the water network in Meath which also includes the replacement of ageing water mains in Kells, Oldcastle, Athboy, Piercetown,  Navan, Slane, Trim, Gaulstown, Ratoath, Sutherland Lane, M1 Crossing at Platin, Mornington, Rathmullen, Laytown, and Dunboyne., a total length of c 25km.  This investment forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s recently published Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water, wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.


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