8.5km of aging water mains and associated individual customer connections to be replaced

Irish Water will commence site investigation work on Monday, 3 October on the Laois Water Mains Rehabilitation Project. This project will replace aging water mains, improve the water pressure to homes and businesses and improve the security of the water supplies to communities in Laois. The scope of the project includes for the replacement of 8.5km of old defective water mains and associated service connections. The areas included in the project are as follows:
Borris Little, Portlaoise
Erkindale Drive, Durrow
Ballycoolan, Guileen, Clopook
Pearse Street, Mountmellick
Shannon Street, Mountrath
Castletown, Mountrath
Harbour Street, Mountmellick

The first phase of the project involves site investigation work which will enable Irish Water to complete the detailed design requirements for the scheme.

As part of this project, Irish Water will carry out backyard water main rehabilitation work which involves laying a new water main in the public road on Shannon Street in Mountrath, Harbour Street in Mountmellick and decommission the existing aging water main which runs through customers' back gardens in these areas. A new service connection pipe will be connected to customers’ properties ensuring customers have a more reliable connection to the public water main. Other benefits of the new water mains include increased security of the water supply to customers with fewer interruptions and improved water pressure for customers as leakage on the water mains will be reduced.

To facilitate the design of the project, internal surveys will need to be carried out by RPS Consulting Engineers on behalf of Irish Water in customers’ homes and businesses. During an internal survey, the project team will carry out visual surveys of the following:

  • Points of water outlets
  • Location of the roof tank
  • The external water connection point within your property.

Commenting on the Laois Water Mains Rehabilitation Project, Padraig Hanly, Water Network and Rehabilitation Programmes Regional Lead said “The replacement of aging water mains in Laois will ensure customers across the county will have a more reliable and secure water supply.  Burst water mains are a common problem across the country resulting from decades of under investment in water infrastructure. This site investigation and survey work will ensure Irish Water can progress with the detailed design stage of the project to replace 8.5kms of aging water mains and is part of our ongoing investment in Ireland’s water infrastructure”.


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