Significant improvements in water supply for Carlow customers

Leakage of treated water in Carlow has been reduced by 1.16 million litres per day following the completion of a project by Irish Water and Carlow County Council to locate and repair leaking pipes in the Bagenalstown, Tullow and Carlow Town areas.

This will have significant benefits for businesses and residents in these towns, providing a much more reliable and secure supply overall and a reduction in supply disruption due to leakage and burst pipes.

The work was carried out from December 2016 to August of this year. Its aim was to identify sections of the water supply network where there were high leakage levels. Crews working on behalf of Irish Water and Carlow County Council identified a number of significant leaks in the network which have now been repaired.

Mark O’Duffy, Irish Water’s Networks Programme Regional Lead, said “Given the high cost of treating and storing drinking water, it is a key priority for Irish Water to reduce leakage as much as possible. The Irish Water business plan sets out the objective of reducing leakage rates nationwide by 180 million litres per day by 2021. By doing this work in Carlow and elsewhere, we will not only create a more efficient water supply network, but we will also provide our customers with a much more secure and reliable supply.

We would like to thank Ger O’Brien, Senior Engineer with Carlow County Council, and the team in the Water Services Section for the key role they played in the successful delivery of this project. The large volume of treated water that has been saved – over one million litres per day - clearly shows how important and necessary this work has been. This is treated water which was being lost to leakage, rather than being available to supply homes and businesses in Carlow as it should have been.”

Customers can play their part in tackling leakage through Irish Water’s First Fix Free scheme which supports customers in reducing leaks on their property. For more information and how to avail of the scheme, visit our First Fix Free page.

You can report a leak in public property, such as footpaths, roads and communal areas, by using our Report a Leak form.


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