Irish Water is working in partnership with Limerick City and County Council to provide a more secure and reliable water supply in the Barrington Street area of Limerick city centre with the replacement of old water mains in the area.

Over 400 metres of old water mains will be replaced between the Barrington Street and Quinlan Street junction, up Barrington Street, looping around Pery Street and returning to the Upper Hartstonge Street and O’Connell Street junction. The old pipes will be replaced with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes which will lead to a big reduction in the likelihood of bursts and water outages.

The project 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. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.

This work, which is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme, is due to get underway on the week of January 13 and is expected to be completed before March.

 “As they get older, some pipes have a high level of leakage as well as being subject to frequent bursts,” said Gerry O’Donnell, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead, Irish Water. 

Replacing these old, damaged pipes will ensure a more reliable and resilient water supply for the area. The new water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages. These improvements to the water network are essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply which will in turn facilitate ongoing growth and development locally.” 

The work is being carried out by Shareridge Ltd in partnership with Limerick City and County Council on behalf of Irish Water.

Traffic diversions

Barrington Street will be restricted to one lane for the duration of the works with no access from O’Connell Avenue. There will be no vehicular access to Barrington Street from Newenham Street.

Vehicles wishing to access Barrington Street will do so via a diversion from Hartstonge Street/Pery Square where traffic will flow back to O’Connell Avenue.

Public transport is re-routed through Hartstonge Street in place of Barrington Street for the duration of the works.

The work may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut-offs.

We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption. Customers can phone Irish Water on 1850 278 278 if they have any further questions about the project.

More information: For more information, please visit National Leakage Reduction Programme section.

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