Uisce Éireann completes upgrade to Drumcondrath water network

20 February 2023

As part of its commitment to upgrade and improve water supplies across Meath, Uisce Éireann, working in partnership with Meath County Council, is delighted to announce the completion of a major water project in Drumcondrath. The project was prioritised as part of Uisce Éireann’s national Leakage Reduction Programme.

This project, which represents a considerable investment by Uisce Éireann involved the replacement of almost 400 metres of aged, problematic cast iron water mains along the R165, from junction L3403 to junction L3404 Old Court. The old mains were replaced with modern pipework that will significantly improve water quality, reduce high levels of leakage and bring the network into the 21st century ensuring a more reliable supply of water to homes and businesses in the area.

Highlighting the importance of this project for Drumcondrath, Matt Thomson, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead with Uisce Éireann, said, “We are delighted to announce the completion of these works for the people of Drumcondrath .The old mains, were prone to frequent bursts and leakage which impacted customers’ supplies. Through our strategic approach to managing the water network this area of piping was prioritised for replacement. This will now significantly reduce the amount of drinking water lost to leakage, but it will also deliver a much more reliable supply for generations to come.”

“We would like to thank customers for their continued cooperation and patience while we continue to upgrade and improve the water quality and supply across county Meath. Based on previous experiences, we know that the short-term inconvenience will be overshadowed by the long-term benefits that the new pipeline will deliver.

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 the Water Supply Updates section of our website.

Uisce Éireann  is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.