The €1.2m project involved the installation of 11km of new water main

Residents of Aglish, Glencairn and Monaman in Co Waterford will benefit from a more reliable and secure water supply following the completion of a project by Irish Water, in partnership with Waterford City and County Council, to upgrade the water supply network in the area.

The €1.2m project involved the installation of 11km of new water main and the decommissioning of four older water treatment plants in conjunction with a €60,000 upgrade of the Aglish Water Treatment Plant.

As a result of this project, residents are now enjoying a better quality and more secure supply of water. The works carried out have also significantly reduced leakage and maintenance work in the areas whilst maximizing the potential of the existing boreholes and supplies.

The construction works, which were carried out by Mallwood Ltd on behalf of Irish Water, got underway in March 2017 with all three sections now complete. A significant improvement in network performance and level of service to customers can already be seen in these areas.

As part of its ongoing strategy Irish water is committed to improving Ireland’s water infrastructure, improving customer supply, water quality and reducing leakage.

Commenting on the project David Sharry, Capital Programmes Regional Lead with Irish Water said: “The benefits of these upgrade works can already be seen in Aglish, Glencairn and Monaman. Reducing the number of water treatment plants serving the area has resulted in improved drinking water quality, reduced water supply disruptions and has provided greater operational efficiencies.

Work is also starting this month on a €750,000 upgrade of the water supply network in the Rathgormack area. This will see the installation of 9.5km of new water main and the upgrade of the Rathgormack water treatment plant as well as the decommissioning of five older water treatment plants in the area, which will lead to a considerably improved water supply for residents in the Rathgormack, Monadiha, Clonea Power and Whitestown areas.”

These projects form part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021. This plan includes an investment in leakage reduction and water quality initiatives, called the Leakage Reduction Programme, which will see an investment of €512 million during the period to 2021. These works are vital to ensuring a clean, safe and reliable public water supply to support our growing population and economy.


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