Newtownforbes to enjoy an improved water supply following replacement of ageing mains

22 December 2021

Securing the water supply in Longford remains a vital focus for Irish Water

Securing the water supply in Longford remains a vital focus for Irish Water with works progressing to drive down leakage and improve the water supply for customers. Irish Water, working in partnership with Longford County Council, has successfully completed a programme of works to replace old and damaged watermains in Cahanagh, Newtownforbes with new high density, polyethylene (plastic) pipes to reduce high levels of leakage and improve the security of supply to homes and businesses in the area.

The works, which took place along the R198 from Cahanagh Cross towards Drumlish involved the replacement of over 400 metres of old, problematic water mains and were delivered in adherence with current HSE and government COVID-19 advice. GMC Utilities Ltd. carried out the works on behalf of Irish Water.

Speaking about the works Matt Thomson, Regional Lead with Irish Water, said “We are proactively operating throughout Longford to track down and repair leaking pipes with our colleagues in Longford County Council. These upgrades are part of a significant investment by Irish Water to upgrade the water network in Longford. There was a history of bursts and supply disruptions in the Cahanagh area and successful completion of these works will reduce water outages and the amount of clean drinking water lost to leakage. The installation of the new water mains and service connections will also help conserve this precious resource and improve levels of service for homes and businesses in the area. We would like to thank customers for their patience and cooperation as we continue to deliver these vital network improvements and safeguard the water supply now and into the future. Completion of these works will also improve operational efficiencies by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.”

These works are an example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Longford County Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000km of water pipe in Ireland. Most leaks aren’t visible, resulting in precious water being lost but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2020 it was reduced to 40% and we are currently on course to achieving a national leakage rate of 38% by the end of 2021.

The national Leakage Reduction Programme which will see €500 million invested up to the end of 2021 helps to reduce the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing old water mains. 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, please visit our Leakage Reduction section.

Irish Water continues to work with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.