Uisce Éireann seizes ‘Golden’ opportunity to improve water supply for Tipperary customers
18 October 2023
Securing the water supply across Tipperary 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.
Crews will be arriving in Golden next week to get to work replacing more than 2km of aged cast iron water mains with new modern pipes. These improvement works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply.
The section of works will take place along a segment of the N74, and continue through Main Street until the T-Junction close to Golden Kilfeacle GAA club.
Speaking about the benefits of the project, Uisce Éireann’s Programme Manager Dave Murphy said: “Carrying out these works under the National Leakage Reduction Programme will greatly benefit the community in Golden. 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 by Shareridge Ltd on behalf of Uisce Éireann and will be completed early next year.
Areas of works will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. Traffic management will be in place where water mains are being constructed but the community can be assured that local and emergency traffic will be maintained 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 can cause inconvenience for the local community, but our crews will make every effort to minimise any disruptions,” added Dave.
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, visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.