2 May 2017 Go back to News
Irish Water has connected over 60 customers in Ocean Crest in Arklow to a new watermain to improve the security of the water supply for residents and provide improved water pressure to homes and businesses. The ageing watermain was in a poor condition. The installation of 400 metres of a new water main has reduced leakage in the network and reduced supply disruptions for customers. The €85,000 investment included the laying of a new watermain on the road in front of properties and a new connection for properties to the water main. The work commenced in February and took four weeks to complete.
Commenting on the investment Ivan Corcoran, Capital Programmes Lead, East and Midlands Region, said “The installation of the new watermain in Ocean Crest in Wicklow has ensured a more reliable and secure water supply for customers. Residents will also benefit from improved water pressure to their properties. This project is part of our ongoing investment in Ireland’s water infrastructure in County Wicklow”.
Irish Water spent over €530 million on water services in 2016. Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan up to 2021. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6bn.