Leakage levels lowered and water quality improved with Eyrecourt works

26 October 2022

Safeguarding the water in Galway remains a vital focus for Irish Water with works completed in Eyrecourt as part of its programme to remove the boil water notice while also driving down leakage and reducing the number of bursts and unplanned outages impacting the local community. 

Irish Water, in partnership with Galway County Council, has replaced over 1.5km of cast iron water mains in Eyrecourt to provide a safe, more reliable water supply, improve water quality and reduce the amount of treated drinking water lost to leakage. These works formed part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme, which aims to safeguard our water, improve the reliability of supply and save the precious resource.

Outlining the benefits of the works, Gerry O’ Donnell, Water Network Programme Lead with Irish Water, said completion of this project is another step in improving  Galway’s water network. 

Irish Water is delighted to have completed this project for the people of Eyrecourt. The project will provide the local community with a safe and reliable water supply while also reducing the high leakage levels and improving water quality, enabling the lifting of the boil water notice. I’m sure this is welcome news to the local community as they were previously impacted by a boil water notice, and unplanned outages when bursts occurred on the old water mains. 

We understand that the delivery of these important works to the underground water network caused disruption and we would like to thank the local residents in Eyrecourt for facilitating these works and working with us to provide a safe, more secure and reliable water supply for generations to come. The works were delivered by Farrans Construction Limited and we would like to thank them for their diligence throughout.

The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities by reducing high levels of leakage and improving water quality. Since 2018, its delivery represents an investment of over €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country through the delivery of the Leakage Reduction Programme. Irish Water is also investing a further €250 million annually up to the end of 2030 directed at fixing leaks and replacing pipes to provide a more reliable water supply. To find out more about Irish Water’s national programme of works to reduce leakage and improve Ireland’s water supply visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.

Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.