17 May 2019 Go back to News
Leakage Reduction works begin in Wicklow Town
The works are due for completion by the end of June 2019.
Irish Water, working in partnership with Wicklow County Council, is commencing works to replace aging water mains in Fitzwilliam Square, Wicklow Town.
Once complete, the benefits of the project for the local community will include a more reliable water supply for all customers. Replacing old water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages to customers and local businesses in the area. Operational and maintenance costs will also be reduced as the network operation will require less maintenance.
Leakage Reduction Programme
The work is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme as part of which over €500 million is being invested to reduce the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing aging water mains. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.
The works will involve the replacement of approximately 346 metres of aged cast iron and problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.
The section of works will take place between Abbey Street and Fitzwilliam Square. The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. The works will be carried out by Ward and Burke Ltd, on behalf of Irish Water.
Customer impact limited
Irish Water has planned the works in short sections in order to limit impact on customers. Traffic management will be in place during this time with stop/go arrangements or temporary traffic lights in place on Fitzwilliam Square as required.
Works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.
A local road closure is required for a section of the works which will be in place for a number of days on Fitzwilliam Square from the junction with Abbey Street to the junction with Bridge Street. The local community affected will be directly notified in advance of the closure. There may be local diversions in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
Commenting on the works, Joe Carroll, Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead said: “The replacement of these aging water mains in Wicklow Town will improve security of supply for local residents and businesses alike. 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.”
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 visit our Leakage Reduction Programme Page.