Successful collaboration between Irish Water, Carlow County Council and our contractors

Carlow town is now benefiting from a safer and more secure water supply thanks to a successful collaboration between Irish Water, Carlow County Council and our contractors Coffey Northumbrian.


More reliable supply

Over 180,000 litres of water which was being lost through leakage every day has now been saved as a result of the project to replace 600m of old water main in Tullow Street. This means that residents and businesses will enjoy a more reliable water supply with less disruption to their supply due to burst pipes and leaks.

Health benefits

Customers in the area will also enjoy longer term health benefits associated with the
removal of 60 lead pipes connecting their properties with the water main. The work was prioritised to facilitate the Local Authority road resurfacing programme and carried out over the summer months in consultation with Carlow County Council to reduce disruption of heavy school traffic. Its completion on time enabled the local authority to then carry out extensive road resurfacing works in the Tullow Street area.
“By carrying out such works ahead of this resurfacing we were able to minimise disruption in what is a key commercial street in Carlow, while also ensuring that our customers in the area can enjoy a much more secure and reliable water supply now and into the future,” explained Mark O’Duffy of Irish Water.
“We would like to thank the local community and local businesses for their patience and understanding while we completed these essential works to ensure a future safe and secure supply of water for the area. We would also like to thank Carlow County Council and our contracting partners Coffey Northumbrian Ltd (CNL) for their support in what was a real collaborative effort.”

Leakage Reduction Programme in Carlow

This project is part of the national Leakage Reduction Programme which will see €500m invested over the next four years in tackling the leakage around the country and safeguarding water supplies.
In Carlow, there are a number of projects complete or due to get underway in 2019 as part of the programme. These include:
  • Tullow and Tinryland – leak repairs completed in July, leading to savings of 600,000 litres per day
  • Leighlinbridge – leak repairs completed in March, leading to savings of 145,000 litres per day
  • Bagenalstown – 3km new water mains laid on Royal Oak Road & Pairc Mhuire, with service connections work ongoing
  • Graiguecullen – 2.5km of new water mains and the replacement of over 4km of old back yard cast iron water mains. This project will be ongoing in 2019.


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