Stable water supply for Galway’s Headford Road

30 May 2023

Before the summer is out homes and businesses in the Headford Road area of Galway City will have a more reliable water supply. 

Uisce Éireann’s crews will arrive on the N84 in the coming days to begin works on replacing approximately 700m of old water mains which are susceptible to regular bursts. 

The new pipes on the Headford Road will put a stop to outages and leaks and give customers much more confidence in their water supply. 

Uisce Éireann’s Networks Regional Lead Gerry O’Donnell is looking forward to getting the Galway project underway. 

Fewer bursts and less leakage mean a stronger supply for homes and businesses. The area will no longer be under threat of sporadic bursts.

Farrans Construction will carry out the works on behalf of Uisce Éireann with a completion date in August. 

Traffic lights will be in operation during the course of the project, but the areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact. Locals can be assured that local and emergency traffic will be accommodated at all times. 

The works may require some short-term water interruptions but the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned  interruptions.

We understand that this type of work is inconvenient, and our crews will make every effort to minimise disruption to the local people.  These works are essential for Galway and the long-term benefits will far outweigh any short-term inconvenience. We thank the community for their patience and co-operation.” 

This project forms part of Uisce Eireann’s National Leakage Reduction Programme and will help us achieve our 2030 goal of a national leakage rate of 25%. The National Leakage Reduction team has made great strides since 2018 when the leakage rate stood at 46%. 

Since 2018, Uisce Éireann has invested more than €500 million to upgrade the underground water network across the country through the delivery of the national Leakage Reduction Programme. We are investing a further €250 million every year up to the end of 2030 - fixing leaks and replacing pipes to provide a more reliable water supply.

For more information on the national Leakage Reduction Programme, please visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.