Part of our water conservation and network improvement initiative

Irish Water, in partnership with Westmeath County Council, is investing in the water network in Athlone to reduce leakage, improve water quality and provide a more reliable service for customers. We distribute 1.7 billion litres of water every day but almost half of this clean water is lost through leaks. Irish Water’s investment in Athlone is part of a water conservation and network improvement initiative to invest €500m to upgrade Ireland’s water infrastructure from 2017 to 2021. This work is being carried out through the implementation of a targeted programme of works called the Leakage Reduction Programme. This is part of an overall investment of €5.5 billion to improve drinking water quality and wastewater infrastructure up to 2021. 

Water is one of our most valuable resources but clean water is expensive to both produce and manage. One of our priorities is to reduce the level of water wasted through leakage.  Part of the work that Irish Water is carrying out in Athlone is to reduce leakage in the network, provide a more reliable water supply for customers, improve water quality and improve supply connections by replacing shared backyard services and lead connections.  Irish Water will be carrying out water  service upgrade works across Athlone town and suburbs over the duration of this project  and will commence site investigation works on Monday, 12 February in Assumption Road, Coosan Point Road, Beech Park West, Ardilaun, Beechpark, Arcadia, Battery Heights, John Mitchell Terrace and Saint Annes Terrace. 

The site investigations in these areas to establish the existing services in place will be carried out by GMC on behalf of Irish Water. 

Aim of Leakage Reduction Programme

The overall aim of the Leakage Reduction Programme is to reduce leakage on a national scale and to manage the availability, sustainability and reliability of water supply for customers now and into the future. Renewing old, damaged pipes and repairing leaks on the public network will reduce burst frequency and supply interruptions resulting in improved water network performance. The target is to save approximately 180 million litres of water per day – that’s enough water to fill 72 Olympic-size swimming pools every day.

Derek Deignan, Irish Water’s Networks Programme Regional Lead, explained “Irish Water is investing in Athlone’s drinking water network to reduce leakage and provide a more reliable service for our customers. We will be commencing work next week in the following areas: Assumption Road, Coosan Point Road, Beech Park West, Ardilaun, Beechpark, Arcadia, Battery Heights, John Mitchell Terrace and Saint Annes Terrace. Customers in these areas are often impacted by poor water pressure. This project will greatly improve the water quality and security of the water supply for customers.” 

May involve short-term water shut-offs

The works will involve a number of measures including removing shared backyard services and installing single connections from properties to more reliable water mains. This 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. Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. 

Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works where necessary. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. Irish Water would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience these essential works may cause.

Residents in the affected areas will be notified ahead of the works commencing and you  can Callsave 1850 278 278 for any questions about the project.

National Leakage Reduction Programme

This project is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which represents an investment of €500 million over the next four years to reduce leakage and remove old lead pipes from the public water network.

For more information on how we are tackling leakage across Ireland, please visit the national Leakage Reduction Programme page.


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