Replacing over 850 metres of aged problematic water mains

Irish Water, working in partnership with Offaly County Council, is commencing works to replace ageing water mains prone to leakage in Blundell Wood, Edenderry.

The programme to replace problematic water mains in Edenderry is scheduled to commence in the coming weeks and will involve the replacement of over 850 metres of aged problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. These works are being carried out as part of our national Leakage Reduction Programme.

Works will take place in Blundell Wood just off JKL Street

The section of works will take place in Blundell Wood just off JKL Street (R402). The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.

Works expected to be completed by September 2019

The works will be carried out on our behalf by Ward and Burke Construction limited and are expected to be completed by September 2019.

Once complete, the benefits of the project will include a more reliable water supply for all customers on the public water supply. The works will result in reduced leakage on the network. Operational and maintenance costs will also be reduced as the network operation will require less maintenance.

Possible short-term water shut offs

We have planned the works in short sections in order to limit impact on customers. 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. Traffic management will be in place over the course of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

Joe Carroll, Regional Lead on the Leakage Reduction Programme

‘The replacement of these ageing water mains in Edenderry will safeguard the water supply for local residents and businesses. Replacing the existing water mains with new modern pipes will provide a long-term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to customers.’

We understand this type of work can be inconvenient and will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these works may cause. Residents and businesses in the areas of the works have been notified and customers can call our customer helpline on 1850 278 278 for any questions in relation to the works.

Leakage Reduction Programme

Our national Leakage Reduction Programme will, over the next 4 years, see €500 million invested to reduce the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing ageing water mains. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy.

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.


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