Replacement of ageing water mains prone to frequent bursts

Irish Water, working in partnership with Laois County Council, is beginning work on 22 January to replace 162 metres of ageing water mains that are prone to bursts in Rosecourt in Portarlington. The replacement of 600 metres of ageing water mains on Canal Road in Portarlington will be substantially complete this week. Replacing the water mains in these areas will mean a more reliable water supply for our customers.

The projects involve the replacement of existing old and damaged public water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) or ductile iron pipes. The works will also see the replacement of old damaged service connections. These are the water pipes which join Irish Water’s public main to a customer’s property. The benefits of the projects include a more reliable and secure water supply, improved water quality and reducing leakage in the network. The work will allow for future development in the town and surrounding areas. The project will also deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.

Works may involve short-term water shut offs

It is expected the work in Rosecourt will take six weeks to complete. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice. Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

Commenting on the works, Georgina O’Reilly Regional Lead for the Water Network Programme, said “These sections of water mains in Portarlington have experienced bursts over the years. These have resulted in a number of water outages for local residents and businesses and impacting the reliability of the water supply. Replacing the ageing water mains with a new modern pipe will provide a long term solution to ensure a safe and secure water supply is delivered to customers. These projects are part of Irish Water’s commitment to invest in Ireland’s water infrastructure which has been underinvested in for decades”.

Leakage Reduction Programme

These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme. As part of this programme Irish Water is investing over €500 million over the next four years to reduce leakage and remove old damaged pipes from the public water network. This will help to ensure that we have a clean, safe and reliable public water supply now and into the future to support our growing population and economy. Residents and businesses in the area of the works have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on call save 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project.

For more information, visit our Leakage Reduction Programme section and find out how we are reducing leakage and improving our water supply across Ireland.


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