Ageing water main bursts multiple times a year causing disruption to nearly 4,000 people

Irish Water will host a drop-in public information evening on the Allenwood to Kilmeage Water Main Replacement Project on Wednesday, 28 March from 4pm-8pm in the Ballyteague GAA Club. The €1.1 million investment will replace 3.5km of the ageing water main that was laid in 1978 and is prone to bursting up to five times per year. Each time the water main bursts the water supply to nearly 4,000 people is interrupted causing disruption to homes and businesses in the community.

The new water main will reduced leakage on the network, reduce disruption to customers resulting from frequent bursts and reduce liabilities resulting from flood damage to properties caused by unplanned bursts. It will also improve the security of the water supply for customers as the replacement works will bring a more reliable supply to residents and businesses in the area. Operational and maintenance costs resulting from frequent repairs will therefore be reduced.

Road closures

After reviewing all options it was concluded that work will require the closure of the R415 for approximately three months. Central to this decision is that the road is too narrow to carry out the work without the road closure for health and safety reasons and the closure will enable the work to be carried out within a shorter time frame. To reduce the impact on the community the road will re-open each evening and remain open on weekends. Local access for residents and businesses will be maintained throughout the duration of the works. Irish Water has proposed a detour route along the R403 and R409 which is the shortest route available that is suitable for the volume of HGV’s using this route.

Details of the drop-in public information evening are as follows:

  • Date: Wednesday, 28 March 2018
  • Venue: Ballyteague GAA Club
  • Time: 4pm - 8pm

Kildare County Council have also committed to resurfacing the R415 between Littletown and Allenwood once the new water main has been installed. This will take place during the same road closure period to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and road users.

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