1 October 2019 Go back to News
Safer, more secure water supply for Ennis town centre as old water mains to be replaced
Replacing ageing water mains in the Parnell Street area
Irish Water, working in partnership with Clare County Council, will shortly begin works to replace ageing water mains in the Parnell Street area of Ennis. This will result in a more secure and reliable water supply for customers in the area by reducing instances of bursts and water outages and improve the operability of the water network.
This work, which is part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme, is due to get underway on October 4 and the Parnell Street section is expected to be completed within eight weeks.
What is involved?
More than 560 metres of old cast iron water mains will be replaced along Parnell Street between Carmody Street and Salt House Lane. The old mains will be replaced with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.
These works are being carried out in advance of the proposed Public Realm Regeneration Project and will ensure a modern water infrastructure is in place in advance of these works.
In order to minimise disruption a phased closure of Parnell Street will be undertaken for the duration of the works.
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.
A more reliable water supply for the area
Gerry O’Donnell, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead, Irish Water, said “Replacing the old, damaged pipes will ensure a more reliable water supply for the area. The new water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages. Removing old cast iron and lead from the public water network will also reduce the risk of contamination.
These improvements to the water network are essential in providing a safe, secure and reliable water supply, now and into the future.
We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.”
The work is being carried out by Shareridge Utilities Ltd in partnership with Clare County Council on behalf of Irish Water.
Works may involve some short-term water shut offs
The work 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. Where water mains are being constructed traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.
We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption. You can call our customer care helpline on 1850 278 278 with any questions about the project.
For more information on this and to find out more about how we are fixing leaks across Ireland, visit our national Leakage Reduction Programme page.