Replacement of 240 metres of water main prone to frequent bursts

Irish Water, in partnership with Kildare County Council, will begin work on 31 January to replace 240 metres of ageing water mains that are prone to bursts on Station Road in Leixlip. Irish Water is replacing the water main to provide a more reliable water supply for customers.

This project involves the replacement of the existing old and damaged public water mains with high density polyethylene plastic pipes. The works will also see the replacement of old damaged service connections. These are the water pipes which join our public main to a customer’s property. The benefits of the project include a more reliable and secure water supply, improved water quality and reducing leakage in the network, while also allowing for future development in the town and surrounding areas. The project will also deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.

Works will take three weeks to complete

The works are being carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Ward & Burke Construction Ltd. and will take three weeks to complete. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs. Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

Commenting on the works, Georgina O’Reilly, Regional Lead – Water Network Programme, said “The existing public water mains on Station Road have experienced bursts over the years. This has resulted in a number of water outages for local residents and businesses and impacting the reliability of the water supply. Replacing the ageing water mains with a new modern pipe will provide a long term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to customers. This project is part of Irish Water’s commitment to invest in Ireland’s water infrastructure which has been underinvested in for decades”.

Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme

These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme. As part of this programme Irish Water is investing over €500 million over the next four years to reduce leakage and remove old damaged pipes from the public water network. This will help to ensure that we have a clean, safe and reliable public water supply now and into the future to support our growing population and economy. Residents and businesses in the area of the works have been notified. For queries about the project, call our customer care helpline on Callsave 1850 278 278.

For more information, visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page.


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