19 March 2019 Go back to News
A more secure and reliable water supply for Ennistymon
Replacing ageing water mains prone to frequent bursts in Ennistymon
Irish Water, working in partnership with Clare County Council, will shortly begin works to replace ageing water mains prone to frequent bursts in Ennistymon. This will result in a more secure and reliable water supply for customers in the area by reducing instances of bursts and water outages.
Works to commence 25 March
This work, which is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme, is due to get underway on March 25th and is expected to be completed within eight weeks. Carrying out this essential work now will also facilitate a separate project to overlay local roads ahead of the Irish Open golf tournament in July.
More than 500 metres of old water mains will be replaced along the public road between the N67 junction at the Kerry Agri Farm Store and the Main Street/Lahinch road junction. The old pipes will be replaced with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.
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. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.
Gerry O’Donnell, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead:
“As they get older, some pipes have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts. Replacing the old, damaged pipes will help us to safeguard the water supply for the Ennistymon area. The new water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages. These improvements to the water network are essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply, now and into the future.”
The work is being carried out by Shareridge Ltd in partnership with Clare County Council on behalf of Irish Water.
Possible short-term water shut offs
The work 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. Where water mains are being constructed traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption. Customers can phone Irish Water on 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about the project.
For more information, please visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.