Replacement of damaged and old pipes which were leaking in Mervue area

Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway City Council, has recommenced the replacement of damaged and old pipes which were leaking in the Mervue area of Galway City. The works commenced last January but were suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Once completed customers in this area will benefit from a more secure and reliable source of drinking water due to reduced levels of leakage.

What are the next steps?

Following strict government advice contractors Farran’s Construction Ltd have recommenced work along St James’ Crescent to continue the replacement 1.2 kilometres of watermain with high density polyethylene pipes. The project is due to be fully complete in mid-July.

The works have progressed right along St James Road from Bayview Heights to Quinn Terrace and also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customer’s water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these are being replaced as part of this improvement work.

Traffic management and possible shut offs

Commenting on these essential improvement works Dave Murphy, Irish Water advised “Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. Traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

“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’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.

“Irish Water and our delivery partners understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.”

Irish Water is working at this time with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

National Leakage Reduction Programme

The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities, reduce high levels of leakage and improve water quality. Its delivery means investment of over €500 million between 2017 and 2021 to reduce leakage and replace old pipes on the water network.

More information

For more visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page or our Projects and Plans section to learn about the works we are doing to reduce leaks.


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