Upgrades to water network in Clontarf will improve water supply and reduce high levels of leakage

15 October 2020

Irish Water, working in partnership with Dublin City Council, is replacing almost 1.5 kilometres of old watermains in Clontarf to improve the security of supply and reduce high levels of leakage. The mains will be replaced with new, high-density, polyethylene (plastic) pipes which will improve water quality and provide the community with a more reliable supply of water.

The works, which are due to start on Monday 19 October, will take place along the Clontarf Road from the Clontarf Road/Dollymount Wooden Bridge Junction to Mount Prospect Avenue. Works will also take place on Mount Prospect Avenue and on Watermill Road. The works are being delivered by GMC Utilities on behalf of Irish Water and are scheduled to be completed in 5 weeks.

Speaking about the project Matt Thomson, Regional Lead with Irish Water, said “These upgrades are part of a significant investment by Irish Water to upgrade the water network in Dublin. To date, as part of the Leakage Reduction Programme, we have delivered almost 100 km of new water mains across the Greater Dublin Area. Replacing old, damaged pipes will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and safeguard that water supply for homes and businesses now and into the future.

The works may involve some short-term water shut-offs and traffic management measures which we understand may cause inconvenience. The project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut-offs and local and emergency access will be maintained at all times. Irish Water and Dublin City Council regrets any inconvenience these necessary works may cause.

This project is one example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Dublin City County Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000km of water pipe in Ireland. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which will see €500 million invested up to the end of 2021 to reduce the level of leakage across the country by fixing and replacing ageing water mains. This will ensure a safe, reliable water supply which is vital for our health, our environment and our growing population and economy. For more information, please visit the National Leakage Reduction Programme section of our website.

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 updates please visit the Supply and Service Updates section of the Irish Water website.

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.