Project will improve security of supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage

Irish Water, in partnership with Carlow County Council, is continuing with water network renewal works in Bagenalstown as part of the national Leakage Reduction Programme. While works involving the replacement of 2.5km of old water mains on the Royal Oak Road are coming to completion, the leakage reduction focus is now turning to the replacement of ageing back yard water mains in the town. The replacement of back yard water mains and the provision of new service connections for affected customers will improve security of supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage.

In some older properties water connections, typically made of iron or lead, were installed to the rear of the property and are often referred to as backyard service connections. The pipework due to age and deteriorating condition is a significant source of leakage and reduced levels of service. Back yard services are usually shared, running through a number of neighbouring properties making it difficult to detect and repair leaks. Since all properties share a connection, leaks and bursts affect all properties often resulting in low pressure.   

Works involve decommissioning old back yard mains

The works involve decommissioning of approximately 1.8 kilometres of old back yard cast iron water mains and back yard services. New water mains will be constructed along the public road and new service connections will be installed from the new water main to each customer’s property. The communities to benefit from these improvement works are: 

Kilcarrig Street, Páirc Mhuire, Station House Road, Hurley’s Lane and Kilree Street  

New service connections will be made with HDPE plastic pipes

It is likely that the service connections currently serving these properties from the old back yard water mains in Bagenalstown are made from lead. All new service connections will be made with modern high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes to ensure a safer, more reliable supply of water to customers in the area. These works will be carried out by Coffey Northumbrian Ltd in partnership with Carlow County Council on behalf of Irish Water.

Information Evening

An information evening has been organised by Irish Water for residents to come and meet members of the project team directly and raise any queries or issues they may have about the proposed works. This event will take place;

Date: Wednesday 12th September 2018

Time: 17:00 – 19:00

Venue: McGrath Hall, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow

Water Supply Updates

We regret any inconvenience these necessary water network improvements cause. Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on our Water Supply Updates section. 

Leakage Reduction Programme

For more information, visit our Leakage Reduction Programme section.


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