The investment includes improved security of the water supply by reducing leakage on the network

Irish Water is progressing a project to replace 4.3km of aging watermains in Kildare Town and Maynooth. The project will also connect 332 properties directly to the new watermains in the areas of O’Neill Park and Old Greenfield in Maynooth and Assumpta Villas, Campion Crescent, Clearmore Terrace / Academy Street, Lourdesville, Magee Terrace, Melitta Road and Rowanville / Curragh Road in Kildare Town in Co. Kildare.

The next phase of this project involves preliminary site investigative works which will commence in the coming weeks. It is estimated that construction works will start in winter 2017.  Where necessary, members of the project team will contact residents in the coming weeks to arrange and carry out surveys of selected properties currently supplied by shared backyard services. The purpose of these surveys will be to identify the least disruptive method to connect the watermain to your property. Surveys will only be carried out upon agreement with residents.

This project will improve the security of water supply to communities in Kildare and Maynooth by reducing leakage on the network and the removal and replacement of shared backyard service connections by connecting each property directly to the new watermains. There is also the potential that some of the connections will be lead connections and would be replaced where encountered.

The proposed works will be carried out in short sections to minimise impact on residents, businesses and road users. The works will involve some short-term water shut offs for a number of hours over a day or two in each area when the pipes are being connected to the system. The project team will ensure that householders and businesses are advised of any works in their area in advance and will be given 48 hours prior notice of water shut offs.

Commenting on the project Ivan Corcoran, Capital Programmes Lead, East and Midlands Region, said “The replacement of these aging water mains in Kildare Town and Maynooth will ensure that customers will have a more reliable and secure water supply, improve water quality and remove lead connections where they are encountered.  The investment will enable Irish Water to reduce lost water in the network by reducing leakage which occurs on ageing water mains. Once the project is completed residents and businesses will benefit from improved water pressure to their properties.”

Irish Water spent over €530 million on water services in 2016. Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan up to 2021. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6bn.

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