Old and damaged cast iron water mains replaced with new, high density pipes

Irish Water, working in partnership with Monaghan County Council, is set to replace over 1.2 kilometres of ageing water mains in Newbliss which have been prone to leakage and bursts resulting in outages and reduced water pressure at times. The works are scheduled to commence on the week starting April 23 as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme.

These old and damaged cast iron water mains are situated on the Main Street and Lower Main Street of Newbliss town along the R189 and will be replaced with new, modern, high density, polyethylene plastic pipes.

What are the benefits?

There will be many benefits to customers who had been experiencing water outages and reduced pressure as a result of bursts and leakage along this section of pipeline. Benefits include a more reliable water supply, improved water quality by reducing the risk of contamination, reduced leakage and less requirement for operational maintenance in the future.

Benefits include a more reliable water supply, improved water quality by reducing the risk of contamination, and reduced leakage.

Explaining in more detail what is involved in this project, Declan Cawley, Water Network Regional Lead said “The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the street/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 be replaced as part of this improvement work.

These works will be carried out by Farran’s Construction on behalf of Irish Water and will deliver significant improvements to customers who have been affected by disruptions to their water supply due to leakage along the pipe. The project will commence in the week starting 23 April and is expected to take approximately 10 weeks to complete. 

Works may involve some short-term water shut offs

Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs but the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours' notice prior to any planned water shut offs.

Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works and local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. Irish Water understands that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause. Customers in the area will be notified ahead of the works commencing. Our customer service helpline is open 24/7 for all queries on Callsave 1850 278 278. Details of the project will be updated regularly on our Water Supply Updates section and via Twitter @IWCare.

Leakage Reduction Programme

The Leakage Reduction Programme will see over €500 million invested over four years to reduce leakage and remove problematic pipes from the public water network. These works will help to ensure that we have a clean, safe and reliable water supply now and into the future to support our growing population and economy.

Irish Water and Monaghan County Council regrets any inconvenience these essential works will cause.

For more information, check out our page on the Leakage Reduction Programme.

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.


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