A more secure and reliable water supply for local businesses and residents

Work is underway this week to replace ageing water mains in the Parnell Street area which will ensure a more secure and reliable water supply for local businesses and residents.

This important project to improve the water supply is expected to take eight weeks and will be completed by November 23rd, ahead of the start of the busy Christmas season. It is being carried out in advance of the proposed Public Realm Enhancement Project in order to ensure a modern water infrastructure is in place while also keeping disruption to a minimum and ensuring value for money.

What is involved?

More than 560 metres of old cast iron water mains will be replaced along Parnell Street between Carmody Street and Salt House Lane. The old mains will be replaced with modern, high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.

This will have big benefits for water quality as well as providing a more secure and reliable supply.
Gerry O’Donnell, Leakage Reduction Programme Regional Lead with Irish Water, said “The benefits from this work will be significant, both by improving the water supply and supporting the progress of the exciting Public Realm Enhancement Project being carried out by Clare County Council. While water pipes are generally unseen as they are buried underground, it is important to remember that a modern, functioning water network is as important to a town like Ennis as the engine under the bonnet is to your car.”

“We are aware that works of this nature in an urban area can cause some disruption. We would like to assure the public that, together with our contractors and Clare County Council, we will be liaising closely with the local business community to ensure that any inconvenience can be kept to a minimum.”

Leonore O’Neill, Senior Executive Officer, Physical Development with Clare County Council, added “These works will be undertaken as advance works to facilitate a Public Realm Enhancement Project on Parnell Street, the Lanes and Bow-ways which successfully secured Urban Regeneration and Development Funding under Project Ireland 2040. 

“The timing of the water mains upgrade is an example of the excellent collaboration and co-operation between Irish Water and Clare County Council to ensure that all required works are undertaken consecutively. This will ensure the efficient expenditure of public finances and the best overall outcome for the public.”

The work is being carried out by Shareridge Utilities Ltd in partnership with Clare County Council on behalf of Irish Water.

In order to minimise disruption a phased closure of Parnell Street will be undertaken for the duration of the works.

Work may involve some short-term water shut offs

The work may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shuts. Where water mains are being constructed traffic management may be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

We will continue to work with the community to minimise disruption. Customers can our customer care helpline on 1850 278 278 with any further questions about the project.


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