8 November 2019 Go back to News
Replacement of ageing water mains in Swords, Co Dublin to safeguard the water supply for the local community
Works to replace ageing water mains prone to leakage
Irish Water, working in partnership with Fingal County Council, has commenced works to replace ageing water mains prone to leakage on Brackenstown Road, Swords, Co Dublin.
Phase 1 of the programme to replace 700 metres of problematic water mains on Brackenstown Road commenced on 16th September and is now complete. Phase 2 has commenced and will involve the replacement of over 2.3 kilometres of aged problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme.
The section of works will take place from the roundabout adjacent to the Parkview estate to the Brackenstown Rd/Dublin Road intersection. The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.
The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by GMC Utilities Group Ltd. and are expected to be completed by in early 2020.
Benefits of the project
Once complete, the benefits of the project will include a more reliable water supply for all customers on the public water supply. The works will result in reduced leakage on the network. Operational and maintenance costs will also be reduced as the network operation will require less maintenance.
Traffic management and disruptions
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 works, Matt Thompson, Regional Lead on the Leakage Reduction Programme said, ‘The replacement of these ageing water mains in Swords 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.’
Irish Water understands this type of work can be inconvenient and will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruptions these works may cause.
National Leakage Reduction Programme
Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme will, over the next 4 years, see €500 million invested to reduce the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing ageing water mains. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.
Residents and businesses in the areas of the works have been notified and customers 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.