Works are part of the Sewer Rehabilitation Programme in the East and Midlands Region

Irish Water, in partnership with Laois County Council, has commenced upgrade works on the sewer network in Portlaoise, Rathdowney, Mountrath and Mountmellick as part of a Sewer Rehabilitation Programme in the East and Midlands Region. The project is currently underway and is due for completion in Quarter 2, 2019.

Addressing structural defects in networks

Once completed the works will address the structural defects in the wastewater networks which will significantly reduce the likelihood of sewer collapses and blockages and reduce potential sewer flooding and odour issues. 

What is involved in the project?

The works are being carried out using non-dig technology to reduce impact to residents and business owners and to minimise traffic disruption in the town. As part of the project we are:

  • Cleaning the sewer network in order to undertake an accurate inspection and remove any blockages by inappropriate items (e.g. wet wipes, cotton pads, fats, oils and greases etc.). Undertaking CCTV surveys of the sewer network to determine their condition and the extent of any defects. To date, approximately 4.5 km of the sewer network has been cleaned and surveyed.
  • Rehabilitating approximately 1 km of the existing sewers through the installation of liners using non-dig techniques as well as some local open-cut pipe replacement where collapses have occurred.

Eunan Canavan of Irish Water 

‘This project is taking place as a result of a €10 million investment by Irish Water in a Sewer Rehabilitation Programme across the East Midlands Region. A sewer network that is fit for purpose is essential in order to support business and social development in these towns and these works will facilitate ongoing growth. Once the works are completed the performance level of the sewer network in the towns will be significantly improved.’

Raising awareness of problems caused by flushing sanitary products

As part of our sponsorship of the Clean Coasts ‘Think Before You Flush’ campaign, we are working to raise awareness amongst the general public about the problems caused in the marine environment and in our wastewater systems, by flushing problem sanitary products and other items down the toilet. 

Over 6,000 blockages cleared in 2018

In 2018, we cleared over 6,000 blockages in the public sewer network, as a result of wipes and other inappropriate items being flushed down the toilet and fats and greases being poured down sinks. The majority of these blockages were avoidable. To find out more visit our Think Before You Flush page.


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