16 September 2016 Go back to News
Residents of Carrigeen, Kilkenny to benefit from reduced water outages as a result of watermains upgrade
Residents of Carrigeen, Kilkenny have benefitted from an Irish Water investment of €500,000 to replace aging water mains supplying the town which will result in significant improvements in terms of security of supply and the frequency of water outages. The project involved the installation of 2.7 km of new water mains in Carrigeen.
The project commenced in August and took two months to complete. Aging and fragile water mains are a common problem across the country resulting from decades of under investment in water infrastructure. Irish Water is committed to addressing this and the replacement of these aging water mains is part of Irish Water’s ongoing investment in Ireland’s water infrastructure. The new water mains will result in significant improvements in network performance and level of service to customers in terms of security of supply.
Commenting on the project David Sharry, Southern Programmes Specialist said: “The replacement of these aging water mains will ensure that customers in the area will have a more reliable water supply. Irish Water recognised the importance of upgrading the water network in Carrigeen as a result of the frequency of bursts resulting in significant disruption to the community last winter and also over the Easter period. We prioritised work to enable the upgrade of the network as soon as possible. All work on the water mains has now been completed and we hope to conclude the commissioning process over the coming weeks.”
Water mains rehabilitation is one aspect of Irish Water’s plan to reduce leakage. Lost water is estimated at 47% nationally and 40% in Co. Kilkenny. Leakage is also being targeted through Irish Water’s First Fix Free scheme, which supports customers in reducing leaks on their property, and has benefitted over 270 householders in Kilkenny to date.