Replacement of 1.7 km of water mains in Ballymoate Co. Waterford
07 July 2023
This project has been prioritised and will be delivered as part of Uisce Éireann’s national Leakage Reduction Programme
Securing the water supply in Co Waterford remains a top priority for Uisce Éireann as the intensive campaign continues to drive down leakage and improve the water supply to homes and businesses.
Uisce Éireann is delighted to announce that works to replace over 1.7km of aged and damaged water mains in Ballymoate, just East of Tallow, is set to commence next week. This project has been prioritised and will be delivered as part of Uisce Éireann’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which is delivering a more secure and reliable water supply to communities right across Ireland.
Ageing pipes can, over time, significantly impact water quality, leakage levels, and pressure. Replacing these pipes will greatly reduce the levels of leakage and bursts resulting in service interruptions affecting customers and local businesses.
Outlining the benefits the water mains replacement project will bring, Joe Carroll, Infrastructure Delivery Programme Manager at Uisce Éireann, explained: “Old and damaged water mains are a huge source of leakage and continue to impact communities right across Ireland. Replacing these old water mains in poor condition will eliminate existing leaks and significantly reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground.”
Joe added, “When completed, this project will also improve water quality, and provide local residents with a sustainable and more reliable water supply for generations to come. I would like to thank the local community in advance for their patience and cooperation during the works. We know based on previous experiences that the short-term inconvenience will be overshadowed by the long-term benefits.”
Works will be carried out on behalf of Uisce Éireann by Shareridge Civil Engineering Limited and are expected to be completed by the end of September. Uisce Éireann will also work closely on the ground with colleagues from the Waterford Local Authority to deliver this essential project. Traffic management in the form of a stop/go system will be in place throughout the duration of the project, in order to deliver the works safely and efficiently. However, local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
Fixing leaks can be complicated but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2021 it was reduced to 38%. We are on track to achieve a national leakage rate of 25% by the end of 2030. For more information, please visit our leakage reduction section.
The Uisce Éireann customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates please visit our Water Supply Updates section.