More good news for Tallanstown as further water upgrades announced

07 April 2022

Homes and businesses in Tallanstown are enjoying a more reliable water supply as Irish Water completes its latest project to upgrade the local water supply, with a further programme of upgrade works already underway to improve water quality. These works continue to be carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme.

Working in partnership with Louth County Council, Irish Water recently completed a programme of works to replace over 1km of old and broken, cast iron water mains along the R171, Louth Hall and R166, that were prone to frequent bursts and leakage, impacting customers’ water supply. The mains were replaced with new, modern pipework which has significantly reduced the number of bursts and outages, improving the water supply to homes and businesses for years to come.

Following on from these works, Irish Water is delighted to announce the commencement of a further project in the area which will see over 1.5km of old cast iron mains replaced with new modern pipework, resulting in improved drinking water quality for customers. 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 customer’s water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead, these will also be replaced.

Speaking about the works, Matt Thomson, Irish Water’s Regional Lead, commented, “We are delighted to continue with these vital upgrades to the water network in Tallanstown. The water mains already installed will reduce the number of bursts and outages impacting customers while those currently being installed will also improve drinking water quality.

Acknowledging the local community, Matt added: “We understand this type of work can be inconvenient and we will ensure our crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these upgrade works might cause.

We would like to thank the people of Tallanstown for their patience and cooperation while we continue to upgrade and improve their water supply

To facilitate the safe delivery of these works and to minimise disruption to the local community, works will be completed in short sections. Traffic management will be in place and local and emergency access will be maintained. Irish Water and Louth County Council will make every effort to maintain normal supply to properties throughout the works, however, some short-term water interruptions may be necessary. The project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned interruptions.

The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by GMC Utilities Ltd and are expected to be completed by the end of June 2022. Irish Water and Louth County Council regret any inconvenience these essential upgrades may cause.

The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates please visit the Supply and Service Updates section of our website.

These works are an example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Louth County Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000km 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%, and by the end of 2021 it was reduced to 38%.

Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.