Works were part of the national Leakage Reduction Programme

Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway City Council, would like to thank residents in Mervue for their cooperation and patience while 1.2 kilometres of old cast iron watermain that was  prone to frequent bursts causing disruptions to water supply, was replaced.

The Mervue works were along St James Road from Bayview Heights to Quinn Terrace and will ensure customers in this area enjoy an improved water supply with less disruption.

Farran’s Construction Ltd carried out the work on behalf of Irish Water.


This project is one example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Galway City and County Councils to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000 km of water pipe in Ireland. Most leaks aren’t visible, resulting in precious water being lost but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2019 it was 42% and we are currently on course to achieving a national leakage rate of 38% by 2021.

Commenting on the project Dave Murphy, Irish Water said: “Irish Water would like to thank the residents in the Mervue area who were impacted by the works but who will also benefit from them in the long term for giving us the necessary consents to carry out this essential project.

“This mains replacement work is part of a significant investment by Irish Water to upgrade the water network across Galway City. The works involved some short-term water shut-offs and traffic management measures which we understand were inconvenient and we would like to thank the local community for their patience while we completed the job.

Leakage Reduction Programme

The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities by reducing high levels of leakage and improving water quality. Its delivery means investment of over €500 million between 2017 and 2021 to reduce leakage and replace old pipes on the water network. for more check out the Leakage Reduction Programme page.

St. James Crescent, Galway
Leakage Reduction Programme works underway on St. James Crescent, Galway.


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