Part of national Leakage Reduction Programme

Irish Water working in partnership with Carlow County Council have today outlined significant water savings in Bagenalstown due to a series of works they have carried out over the past few months. Coffey Northumbrian Ltd. working on behalf of Irish Water oversaw the replacement of problematic mains and backyard services in the town which will mean homes and businesses can enjoy a more robust and safe supply.

Irish Water leakage expert Mark O’Duffy, Network Programme Regional Lead, said “In Bagenalstown alone, we have replaced 6km of old water mains that were in poor condition. We have also replaced 156 lead backyard services and 80 public-side lead services. This has resulted in leakage savings of 470,000 litres of water per day. To put that into context, that is enough water to supply 970 households. As a direct result of this work, production of water at the treatment plant in Bagenalstown has been cut by nearly 30%. The size and scale of the challenge is clear but we have a plan to tackle the issue of leakage and we have also seen great savings in other parts of the county too thanks to leakage reductions works, with our find and fix crews also working to try and safeguard our water supply”

In some older properties water connections, typically made of iron or lead, were installed to the rear of the property and are often referred to as backyard service connections. The pipework due to age and deteriorating condition is a significant source of leakage and reduced levels of service. Back yard services are usually shared, running through a number of neighbouring properties making it difficult to detect and repair leaks. Since all properties share a connection, leaks and bursts affect all properties often resulting in low pressure. 

The benefits of the back yard service works include

  • A reliable water supply

Replacing the old water mains with new water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers in the area.

  • Reduced leaks

Replacement of old water mains and service connections in poor condition will eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.

  • Improved water quality

Removing existing old cast iron and lead from the water network and replacing them with new plastic pipes will reduce the risk of contamination.

  • Improved operation and maintenance

These works will deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.

More information

For any questions on the above, please call our customer care helpline on Callsave 1850 278 278 or visit our Water Supply Updates section.

Further information on how we are tackling the high levels of leakage across the country, visit the Leakage Reduction Programme page.


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