25 May 2018 Go back to News
Public side lead service connections replaced in Dundalk and Drogheda to improve quality and security of supply for local customers
Over 400 public side lead service connections have been replaced to date
Irish Water working in partnership with Louth County are continuing with the delivery of improvements to the water network in Dundalk and Drogheda as part of the lead replacement programme. The benefits of the scheme include improved water quality and improved security of the water supply for customers which will also improve water pressure to properties.
This work 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 ageing water mains and services. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.
Removing lead service connections from the public water network
This ongoing project involves removal of lead service connections from the public water network. Service connections are the pipes that connect a customer’s property to the public water mains in the street. These lead service connections are being replaced with modern high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes to ensure a safer, more reliable supply of water to customers in the area. To date as part of this programme over 400 public side service connections have been replaced in the following communities in Dundalk and Drogheda in the following areas:
- Green Acres
- Ard Easmuinn
- Meadow Grove
- Willow Grove
- Oaklands Park
- Ashdale Park
- Marion Park
Customers will be communicated with directly
The works have been carried out on behalf of Irish Water by GMC Utilities Ltd. Further works have been planned as part of this lead replacement project in other areas of both towns over the coming months. Customers to benefit from the improvement works will be communicated with directly.
Work sections are limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. The works involve laying a new polyethylene water supply pipe from the public water main in the street to the customer’s property boundary and connecting it to the customer’s water supply.
Works may involve some short-term water shut offs
The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs.
We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.
Commenting on the works, Derek Deignan, Regional Lead on the Leakage Reduction Programme, said “The replacement of lead service connections which connect properties to the public main is a key priority for Irish Water. As well as providing a safer water supply for customers, the replacement of the ageing lead service connections, will lead to an improved security of water supply for customers.”
Find out more
Residents and businesses in the area of the works have been notified and customers can call our customer care helpline on Callsave 1850 278 278 for any questions about the project.
To find out more about our national programme of works to reduce leakage and improve Ireland's water supply visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page.