Stable water supply in the pipeline for Galway’s Rosscahill West

19 July 2023

Securing the water supply in across Galway remains a top priority for Uisce Éireann as the intensive campaign continues to drive down leakage and improve the water supply to homes and businesses.

Uisce Éireann is delighted to announce that works to replace over 1.5km of aged and damaged water mains in Rosscahill West have commenced. This project has been prioritised as part of Uisce Éireann ’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which is delivering a more secure and reliable water supply to communities right across Ireland.

Ageing pipes can, over time, significantly impact water quality, leakage levels, and pressure. Replacing these pipes will greatly reduce the levels of leakage and bursts resulting in service interruptions affecting customers and local businesses.

Uisce Éireann’s Gerry O’Donnell is delighted to get this vital project underway adding: 

Securing Galway’s water supply remains a priority for Uisce Éireann and it is great to see this work commencing which will reduce the risk of outages from bursts now and into the future. Fewer bursts and less leakage mean a stronger more resilient supply for homes and businesses." 

Gerry added, “This section of water mains was prioritised for investment and replacement by Uisce Éireann due to its age and deteriorating condition, resulting in supply interruptions to homes and businesses. When completed, this project will improve water quality, significantly reduce leakage and provide local residents with a sustainable and more reliable water supply for generations to come. I would like to thank the local community in advance for their patience and cooperation during the works. We know based on previous experiences that the short-term inconvenience will be overshadowed by the long-term benefits.” 

The works will be carried out on behalf of Uisce Éireann by Farrans Construction and are expected to be completed by October. Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. Traffic management in the form of road closure will be in place off the N59 (Cliffden Road) along Rosscahill West, (H91 KHX9) to allow the works to be delivered safely and efficiently. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times

Fixing leaks can be complicated but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2021 it was reduced to 38%. We are on track to achieve a national leakage rate of 25% by the end of 2030. For more information, please visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.

The Uisce Éireann customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates please visit our Water Supply Updates section.