National Leakage Reduction Programme continues with upgrades on the horizon for Ashford

16 May 2023

Uisce Éireann will commence works next week to replace old, cast-iron water mains in Hawthorn Estate, Ashford to provide a secure, safe, and robust water supply. The works are a critical step in conserving water, our most precious resource, and reducing instances of bursts which have been a significant source of disruption and outages for customers.

Joe Carroll, Infrastructure Delivery Programme Manager at Uisce Éireann, is looking forward to ensuring customers in Ashford experience fewer disruptions to their water supply from this summer on. 

“Working in partnership with Wicklow County Council, we have prioritised leakage reduction works to those areas which need it most. This project will see the replacement of approximately 300m of old water mains. Replacing these pipes will address water pressure, supply and leakage issues which affect some homes and businesses in the Ashford area.”  

Joe added: “Part of ensuring that safe and reliable drinking water is produced every day in Co Wicklow, is to drive down the amount of clean, treated water lost to leakage. We would like to thank customers for their continued cooperation and patience while we continue to upgrade and improve the water supply across the county.”

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.

Ward & Burke Construction Ltd will carry out the works on behalf of Uisce Éireann and works are due to be completed by the end of June. Traffic management in the form of a road closure will be in place to facilitate these works. However, local and emergency access will be maintained at all times and details of the diversion route will be communicated locally.

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. Since 2018, its delivery represents an investment of over €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country. Uisce Éireann is also investing a further €250 million annually up to the end of 2030 directed at fixing leaks and replacing pipes to provide a more reliable water supply.

To find out more visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.

Uisce Éireann’s customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For local updates, please visit the Supply and Service Updates section of the Uisce Éireann website or set your location on our website.