14 February 2019 Go back to News
Reducing leakage and improving the water supply in Muirhevnamore, Dundalk
Replacing 2.7km of ageing water mains
Irish Water, working in partnership with Louth County Council, is commencing works to replace ageing water mains to improve security of supply, reduce leakage, and improve water quality in Muirhevnamore, Dundalk. The programme to replace 2.7 km of ageing water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes is scheduled to commence on Friday 15, February. These works are being carried out as part of our national Leakage Reduction Programme.
Once complete, the benefits of the project will include a more reliable water supply for local customers on the public water supply in Muirevnamore. 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.
Works expected to finish by mid-April
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. The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by GMC Utilities Group and are expected to be completed by mid-April.
Short-term water shut offs may be necessary
We have planned the works in short sections in order to limit impact on customers. Traffic management will be in place over the course of the works. 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. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
Commenting on the works, Derek Deignan, Regional Lead on the Leakage Reduction Programme said, ‘The replacement of problematic water mains in Muirhevnamore will improve security of supply for local residents and improve water quality. 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 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.
National 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 Irish Water’s national programme of works to reduce leakage and improve Ireland’s water supply visit our Leakage Reduction Programme Page.