Project will ensure a safer and more secure water supply to customers

Irish Water, in partnership with Roscommon County Council, will replace lead service connections and approximately 420 metres of old and damaged water mains on the Athlone Road from St. Coman’s Cemetery as far as the hospital/Oldwood housing estate junction.

The works, which are due to commence on Monday, February 12, are part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme. This programme will involve removing lead pipes from the public water network and reducing the high level of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing ageing water mains over the next four years.

Safer water supply

The benefits to customers include a safer water supply along with significant improvements in network performance and customer service in terms of supply pressure, security and quality of supply, and water pressure. This particular project will remove lead pipes from the local network and reduce the instances of bursts in the area and thereby significantly reduce the level of disruption to customers.

This project will involve the removal and replacement of 22 lead service connections as well as the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 420 metres of ageing public water mains. A service connection is the water pipe which joins Irish Water’s public main to a customer’s property. The old water mains and service connections will be replaced with modern high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes.

Project expected to be completed in 8 weeks

Commenting, Water Network Regional Lead Dave Murphy, said “These works will be carried out by Roscommon County Council on behalf of Irish Water. The project is expected to be completed in approximately 8 weeks and will deliver significant improvements to customers who have been affected by disruptions to their water supply due to leakage along the pipe.”

The work sections will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs. Customers can contact the Irish Water call centre on 1850 278 278 if they have any queries.

Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works and local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

Leakage Reduction Programme

This project 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 Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021. This plan includes an investment in leakage reduction and water quality initiatives, called the Leakage Reduction Programme, which will see an investment of €512 million during the period to 2021. These works are vital to ensuring a clean, safe and reliable public water supply to support our growing population and economy.

For more information, visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page.


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