16 May 2018 Go back to News
Project to tackle high levels of leakage to begin in Carlow as part of €500m national Leakage Reduction Programme
Replacing aging cast iron water mains on Tullow Street to significantly improve supply for customers
Irish Water will shortly begin work to upgrade the water mains network in 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.
The work will take place on Tullow Street 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.
Drop-in information evening on Monday, May 21
A drop-in information evening will take place on Monday, May 21 from 5pm to 7pm in The Seven Oaks Hotel where the project team will be available to answer questions from members of the public and local businesses.
The project, which is being delivered in partnership with Coffey Northumbrian Ltd, is due to get underway in June and is expected to be finished by late August.
Replacing these old water mains in Carlow will reduce leakage and result in a major improvement in water quality
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.
Water Supply Updates
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 our 24/7 Customer Care helpline at 1850 278 278.
For more information, visit our Leakage Reduction Programme section.
Report a leak
You can report a leak in public property, such as footpaths, roads and communal areas, via our Report a Leak form or by calling 1850 278 278.