Replacement of 650 meters of problematic mains

Irish Water, working in partnership with Meath County Council, continues to roll out its Leakage Reduction Programme in Co. Meath. Works will commence in the coming week on the Moynalty Road in Kells where 650 meters of problematic mains are being replaced with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. 

The section of works will take place between O’Growney Terrace and Sunset Heights. These works also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to the customers’ property boundary and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. The works are being carried out by GMC on behalf of Irish Water and are due for completion by December. 

Reliable water supply for all customers

Once complete, the benefits of the project for the local community will include a more reliable water supply for all customers. This means reduced leakage on the network. Operational and maintenance costs will also be reduced as the network operation will require less maintenance. 

The work is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which, over the next 4 years, will see €500 million invested to reduce the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing ageing and leaking water pipes. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.

Customer Impact 

The works are being carried out in a residential area and Irish Water has planned the works in short sections. This will ensure there is minimal, if any, traffic disruption on the 650 meter stretch where the works will be carried out. Works may involve some short-term water shut offs. Any customers who may be impacted will be contacted directly by Irish Water in order to give a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. 

Commenting on the works, Derek Deignan, Regional Lead on the Leakage Reduction Programme at Irish Water said, ‘The replacement of these problematic water mains in Kells will improve security of supply for local residents. Replacing the existing water mains with new modern pipes will provide a long-term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to customers. Irish Water understands this type of work can be inconvenient and will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these works may cause. We would like to thank the local community in Kells for their patience while we deliver these necessary water network improvements.’

More information

Residents and businesses in the areas of the works have been notified and customers can call the Irish Water customer helpline on 1850 278 278 for any questions in relation to the works. 

To find out more about our national programme of works to reduce leakage and improve Ireland’s water supply, visit our Leakage Reduction Programme Page.


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