The replacement of 2km of water main will improve the quality of water and improve water pressure to properties

Irish Water, working in partnership with Kildare County Council, has begun work to replace 2kms of ageing water main that is prone to bursts in Rathangan, Co Kildare. Irish Water is replacing the water main to provide a more reliable water supply for customers.

This project will involve the replacement of the existing old and damaged public water main and replacing it with modern high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes. The works will also see the replacement of old damaged service connections. These are the water pipes which join Irish Water’s public main to a customer’s property. The benefits of the project include a more reliable and secure water supply, improved water quality and water pressure to properties by reducing leakage in the network. The project will also deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.

The works are being carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Ward & Burke Construction Ltd. The works will finish up for Christmas on 21 December 2017 and recommence on 3 January 2018 and it is  expected the works will be completed in February. 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 prior notice of any planned water shut offs. Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

Commenting on the works, Georgina O’Reilly, Regional Lead – Water Network Programme said “The existing public water main in Rathangan has experienced bursts over the years resulting in a number of water outages for local residents and businesses. Replacing the ageing water main with a new modern pipe will provide a long term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to customers. This project is part of Irish Water’s commitment to invest in Ireland’s water infrastructure which has been underinvested in for decades.”

These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme. As part of this programme Irish Water is investing over €500 million over the next four years to reduce leakage and remove old damaged pipes from the public water network. This will help to ensure that we have a clean, safe and reliable public water supply now and into the future to support our growing population and economy. Residents and businesses in the area of the works have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on call save 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.

Find out more about Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme.


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