Work on replacement of aging cast iron water mains on Tullow Street will reduce leakage and significantly improve supply for local customers

Irish Water, working in partnership with Carlow County Council, will begin work next week to upgrade the water mains network in the Tullow Street area of Carlow town which will result in significant improvements in water supply for local businesses and residents.

This project will involve replacing approximately 600 metres of old and damaged cast iron water mains along Tullow Street with new water mains. This will result in better water quality and pressure as well as securing the water supply and minimising the likelihood of supply disruptions due to bursts or leaks.

Works will take place between the Potato Market and the junction of Barrack Street

The work will take place between the Potato Market and the junction of Barrack Street. It 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.

A well-attended information evening took place on May 21 where the project team met members of the public and local businesses and answered their questions about the project.

Works expected to be finished by late August

The project, which is being delivered in partnership with Coffey Northumbrian Ltd, is due to get underway on the week of June 18th and is expected to be finished by late August.

Mark O’Duffy, Leakage Reduction Programme regional lead, commented “Replacing these old water mains in Carlow will reduce leakage and result in a major improvement in water quality and security of supply for our customers in the area.

“This is part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which over the next four years will see €500 million invested to reduce the high level of leakage across the country by fixing or replacing aging water mains. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.”

Works may involve some short-term water shut offs

Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on the public and local businesses. The works 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.

Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works with local and emergency traffic being maintained at all times.

Irish Water regrets any inconvenience that may be caused by delivery of this essential work. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section or via Irish Water’s 24/7 Customer Care line at 1850 278 278.

For more information visit the national Leakage Reduction Programme section.

Report a leak

You can report a leak in public property, such as footpaths, roads and communal areas, online via our Report a Leak form or calling 1850 278 278.


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