Nine Cavan projects delivers improved water supply

25 January 2023

Uisce Éireann is proud to have completed nine projects in County Cavan with the works providing more reliable water supplies, improved water quality and a reduction in leakage levels.

Towns and villages across the county have benefited from a range of works carried out as part of Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme in recent months. 

More than 2.8km of old and damaged water mains were replaced in Cavan Town, Billis, Shankill, Belturbet, Shercock, and Butlersbridge to ensure a reliable water supply.  

Works in Cavan Town included Billis, Shankill where residents and businesses have benefitted from the replacement of 1.8km metres of water mains which has improved water quality and reduced high levels of leakage.  Other works in Cavan Town included the decommissioning of ageing backyard water mains and the delivery of new pipework in the county town along Bridge Street, Wolfe Tone Street, Drumlark and at St Mary’s Terrace have improved the reliability of supply. 

Similar works were carried out at Annalee Park, Butlersbridge where ageing backyard services were decommissioned and new individual services were provided to customers. 

More than 500 metres of aged cast iron water mains were also replaced with new modern pipes at Carrickmacross Road in Shercock and these works have resulted improved water quality, a more reliable water supply and a reduction in the instances of bursts.

In Belturbet, more than 300 metres of mains were replaced at St. Mary’s Terrace and Martin’s Row and 31 back yard services replaced with new water service connections which will reduce the number of bursts and water outages impacting customers.

Outlining the benefits of the works, Uisce Éireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead, Declan Cawley said completion of the works across the county is another step in improving Cavan’s water network.

The importance of replacing such ageing and damaged water mains in these areas cannot be underestimated. The works will significantly improve drinking water quality, reduce the instances of bursts, eliminate existing leaks and reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost to leakage.

“The replacement of these old pipes will have a positive impact on the daily lives of the local community. Operational and maintenance costs will also be reduced as the network operation will require less maintenance.

In thanking the public for their cooperation and patience, Declan added: 

Residents across Cavan will have noticed an immediate improvement in their water supply as a result of the programme of works undertaken during 2022. We thank the locals for their patience and cooperation. We have made great progress, but we’re not finished yet. Together with Cavan County Council we will continue to look at ways to supply smarter and reduce leakage across the county.

Since 2018, Uisce Éireann has invested more than €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country through the delivery of the national Leakage Reduction Programme. We are investing a further €250 million every year up to the end of 2030 - fixing leaks and replacing pipes to provide a more reliable water supply.

For more information, visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.