9 November 2018 Go back to News
Limerick residents and businesses to benefit from improved water supply
Residents and businesses in Limerick city will benefit from a more reliable and safer water supply as work gets underway to tackle leakage and replace old water pipes.
Irish Water and our contracting partners Shareridge Ltd will be installing new water mains, replacing old back yard service pipes and removing old lead pipes from the public water network in a number of areas around the city over the coming months.
These works are being carried out as part of the national Leakage Reduction Programme which will see €500 million invested nationwide over the next four years to tackle leakage.
Many of the pipes connecting the public water mains to individual properties in the city area are currently made of cast iron or, in some cases, lead. These pipes are old and in poor condition, and often have high levels of leakage. In addition, the presence of lead in drinking water is a recognised health concern and replacement of lead pipes will result in improved water quality.
“By replacing this old pipework with modern, plastic pipes, we will significantly reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to residents and local businesses in the area. As they get older, cast iron pipes can become severely corroded and have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts, which in turn leads to water discoloration”, said Alan Morrissey, Leakage Reduction Programme, Irish Water.
“In some older properties water connections were installed to the rear of the property. These are referred to as back yard service connections. The pipework is a big source of leakage and reduced levels of service. Back yard services are usually shared and running through a number of neighbouring properties making it difficult to detect and repair leaks. Since all properties share a connection, leaks and bursts affect all properties, usually resulting in low pressure."
The work will involve decommissioning old back yard cast iron water mains and back yard service pipes. A total of 1.3km of new water mains will be constructed along the public roads and new service connections will be installed from the new water mains to individual properties.
Keeping the community informed
Irish Water has identified a number of areas in the city where the pipe network is in particularly poor condition. Customers living in these areas will be contacted directly by Shareridge Ltd to assess their current water connection arrangement and discuss the best way to connect the new service.
Property owners will also be notified if it is likely that there is lead present within the boundary of their property. Property owners are responsible for replacing this lead. More information is available on our lead mitigation page. We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption. Customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about the project.