Puckane poised to benefit from Uisce Éireann investment
07 November 2023
Works to replace over 1km stretch of old and damaged water main in the Puckane area of Tipperary will begin next week.
Uisce Éireann, working with Tipperary County Council, will remove the ageing pipes and deliver a more reliable water supply to locals.
The new pipework along the R493 from Kildangan National School to Blackfort will significantly reduce leakage levels and put an end to disruption to the water supply.
Uisce Éireann’s Networks Programme manager Dave Murphy is looking forward to getting the project underway.
“We’re well aware of the problems this stretch of water main has been causing. Carrying out these works under the National Leakage Reduction Programme will greatly benefit the community. It will put an end to sporadic bursts and significantly reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground. Customers can look forward to a more secure and reliable supply.”
Shareridge Ltd will carry out the works on behalf of Uisce Éireann with a planned completion date by the end of the year. To deliver the works safely, traffic management in the form of a stop-go system will be in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.
“We understand that this type of work is inconvenient, and our crews will make every effort to minimise disruption to the local people. These works are essential for the area and the long-term benefits will far outweigh any short-term inconvenience. We thank the community for their patience and co-operation,” said Dave.
The works may require some short-term water interruptions to the water supply, but the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned interruptions.
This project forms part of Uisce Eireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme and will help us achieve our 2030 goal of a national leakage rate of 25%. The National Leakage Reduction team has made great strides since 2018 when the leakage rate stood at 46%.
Since 2018, Uisce Éireann has invested more than €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country through the delivery of the national Leakage Reduction Programme. We are investing a further €250 million every year up to the end of 2030 - fixing leaks and replacing pipes to provide a more reliable water supply.
For more information, please visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.