28 August 2018 Go back to News
National Leakage Reduction Programme benefits homes and businesses in Clare
Works involved replacement of 900 metres of problematic mains
Homes and businesses in Newmarket on Fergus and surrounding areas are now benefitting from the recently completed works by Irish Water. The works took place on the R458 Ennis Road and R470 Ballycar Road and involved the replacement of approximately 900 meters of old problematic uPVC and aged cast iron water mains.
Improved supply, reduced leakage and better water quality for customers
Lead replacement works were also undertaken as part of this project. Homes and businesses will see an improved security of supply, reduced leakage, improved water quality, and cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.
Reinstatement works were also carried out for approximately 150m of the R458 regional road and was welcomed by the local community in addition to the water network improvements.
Ongoing works to find and fix leaks on the public water network
Irish Water, Shareridge LTD. and Clare County Council would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community and the travelling public for their patience while this necessary work was ongoing, work that will benefit the wider community into the future.
In Ennis and Shannon, Irish Water in partnership with Clare County Council are carrying out ongoing works to find and fix leaks on the public water network. Since the works started in April 2018 over 1 million litres of water per day of leakage reduction has been achieved by these works.
This scheme involves Clare County Council and contractor leak detection crews undertaking ‘Find and Fix’ detection surveys to identify sources of leakage. These surveys involve the leak detection crews using sounding equipment to locate leaks on pavements and other public areas. Where public side leaks are identified, Irish Water and Clare County Council will carry out the necessary repairs.
First Fix Free Scheme
Another scheme ongoing across County Clare as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme is the First Fix Scheme. Data obtained from reading the meters installed during the domestic metering programme allows us to identify unusual water usage patterns, such as a constant flow of water and associate leaks to a particular property.
Operating the First Fix Free scheme on the basis of meter read data allows us to systematically identify significant water usage/wastage at individual properties. The First Fix Free scheme offers free leak investigations and free repairs for qualifying properties where a constant flow of water is found on the external water supply pipe. Customers who notice or suspect they have an external leak on the service pipe feeding their property can also contact Irish Water directly on 1850 278 278 to avail of this free investigation. For more information on the First Fix Free Scheme, please see our First Fix Free scheme page.
National Leakage Reduction Programme
The work is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which, over the next 4 years, will see €500 million invested to reduce the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing ageing and leaking water pipes. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy. For more information visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page.