The project will replace 1.2km of aging iron water mains

Irish Water, working in partnership with Meath County Council, continues to roll out its Leakage Reduction Programme in Co. Meath. Works have now commenced in Duleek, where 1.2 kms of aging iron water mains in Ross na Ree are being replaced with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. 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 Leakage Reduction Programme is progressing well

Elsewhere in the County, the Leakage Reduction Programme is progressing well. We have completed its decommissioning and replacement of a problematic water main with a permanent secure supply for the community in Sandyhall, Julianstown and is progressing well with its programme of pipe replacement in Stamullen. The works in Stamullen involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 2.5 kilometres of aging water mains along the Cockhill Road.

As part of the Leakage Reduction Programme, works are also ongoing to ‘Find and Fix’ leaks, on the public water network. This scheme involves leak detection crews undertaking ‘Find and Fix’ detection surveys to identify sources of leakage. These surveys involve the leakage detection crews using sounding equipment to locate leaks on pavements and other public areas. If a public side leak is identified, We will carry out the necessary repairs. This work is ongoing in Trim and will move to other areas of the county in the coming weeks.

Ensure a safe reliable water supply for 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 and improved water quality. 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.

Minimising impact

We have planned the works in short sections in order to limit impact on customers. Traffic management may be necessary over the course of the works. Works may involve some short-term water shut offs and customers will be given 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, Grainne Carey, Communications Lead on the Leakage Reduction Programme said, ‘The replacement of these problematic water mains in Duleek, Co. Meath 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 Duleek for their patience while we deliver these necessary water network improvements’

Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone us on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.

Irish Water regrets any inconvenience these necessary water network improvements cause. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates page. 

National Leakage Reduction Programme 

For more information, visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page. 


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