Water improvement works in full flow across Galway County
18 October 2023
Securing the water supply across Galway 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 have commenced work in Williamstown replacing almost 1km of ageing water mains with new modern pipes.
Uisce Éireann, in partnership with Galway County Council, will replace the water mains along the R360 from Ballyroe to Smyths Garage, Williamstown to provide a more reliable water supply, improve water quality and reduce the amount of treated drinking water lost to leakage.
This project has been prioritised as part of Uisce Éireann’s national Leakage Reduction Programme which is delivering a more secure and reliable water supply to communities right across Ireland.
Speaking about the benefits of the project, Uisce Éireann’s Declan Cawley, said: “Replacing these old water mains in poor condition will eliminate existing leaks and significantly reduce the amount of clean drinking water lost into the ground. We would like to thank the local community for their patience while we work to provide a more secure and reliable water supply for generations to come.”
The works are being carried out by Farrans Construction and will be completed by December.
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 Declan.
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 on the national Leakage Reduction Programme, please visit www.water.ie/reducingleaks