Upgrades to improve water supply and reduce leakage in Drogheda

Irish Water is working in partnership with Louth County Council to replace old, problematic water mains in Donore Industrial estate, Drogheda to reduce high levels of leakage, frequency of bursts and provide a more reliable water supply for the community. These works have commenced in line with current Government and HSE COVID-19 guidance, and will be carried out by GMC Utilities Group Limited on behalf of Irish Water.

The works will involve the replacement of over 1 kilometre of problematic water mains along the Donore Road in the Donore Industrial Estate with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. Works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water mains to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply.

Short-term interruptions to the water supply may be necessary, however, Irish Water will ensure that customers are given advanced notice prior to any planned supply disruptions. To facilitate the safe delivery of the works, traffic management will be in place. Diversion routes will be clearly signposted and emergency and restricted local access will be maintained. Irish Water and Louth County Council regret any inconvenience these necessary works may cause.

Speaking about these works, Matt Thomson, Irish Water’s Regional Lead, commented “These works are vital to ensure a more secure water supply to homes and businesses in Drogheda and are part of a significant investment by Irish Water to safeguard the water supply. We understand this type of work can be inconvenient and we will ensure our work crews make every effort to minimise any disruption these works may cause.

These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which involves an investment of over €500 million between 2017 and the end of 2021 and helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities, reduce high levels of leakage and improve water quality.

Irish Water is working at this time with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

Our customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries.

For more information, visit the National Leakage Reduction Programme section of our website.