25 October 2019 Go back to News
Replacement of water mains in Skerries, Co Dublin to safeguard the water supply for the local community
Part of national Leakage Reduction Programme
Irish Water, working in partnership with Fingal County Council, is commencing works to upsize the water mains along the Rush Road (R128).
The programme to replace problematic water mains along the Rush Road (R128) is scheduled to commence next week and will involve the upsizing of almost 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 and will be completed in two phases.
What is involved?
Phase 1 of works will take place along the Rush Road (R128) from Shenick Road towards Thomastown and involve laying 2 kilometres of new water main. 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 year end.
Phase 2 includes 1 kilometre of water main replacement on Miller's Lane, Dublin Road, Newtown Parks and Guillemot. This section of work is currently at detailed design stage and planned for construction in 2020 further information will be provided nearer the scheduled construction commencement.
The construction of the new watermains in Skerries will ensure a more secure and sustainable water supply for the community. Benefits will be felt immediately following the completion of the new watermain, by increasing the diameter of the existing water main we will increase the minimum pressure for those worst affected by low water pressure during peak times.
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 works, Matt Thompson, Regional Lead on the Leakage Reduction Programme said, ‘The replacement of these ageing water mains in Skerries 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 disruption these works may cause.
Contact for queries
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.
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.
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.