Project will provide a more reliable water supply for customers

Irish Water is working in partnership with Meath County Council to replace approximately 25km of ageing water mains across 16 locations in County Meath. The project will replace ageing water mains in Kells, Oldcastle, Athboy, Piercetown,  Navan, Slane, Trim, Gaulstown, Ratoath, Sutherland Lane, M1 Crossing at Platin, Mornington, Rathmullen, Laytown, Duleek and Dunboyne. Work on the project is due to commence in October 2017 and is expected to last for approximately 18 months. The works will be carried out by Shareridge Limited on behalf of Irish Water.

This project involves the replacement of ageing water mains with new heavy duty polyethylene (HDPE) and ductile iron pipes across the 16 locations.  Once complete the new water mains will provide a more reliable water supply by reducing the frequency of disruptions caused by bursts and improving water quality. It will also improve water pressure as leakage on these sections of the water mains will be reduced.  Upon completion, there will be significant improvements in network performance and levels of customer service in terms of efficiency and security of supply.

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 location when the new pipes are being connected to the existing pipework 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. Residents and businesses in the affected areas will be notified ahead of the works commencing and provided with contact details should they have any queries.

Commenting on the project, William McKnight, Infrastructure Programme Regional Lead at Irish Water, said “This project will provide a more reliable water supply across County Meath. Ageing water mains are prone to frequent bursts and reduced water pressure to homes and businesses. Investing in our water networks will secure the supply for customers and support future economic development across the county.”

This project forms 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 recently published Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water, wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.


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