20 November 2020 Go back to News
Water mains improvement works scheduled for Saturday November 28 at TalbotsInch, Kilkenny City
Irish Water working in partnership with Kilkenny County Council wish to advise that tankers will be available at the following locations on Saturday, 28 November. The tanker located at St. Luke’s hospital is strictly for hospital use and is not for the general public.
The tankers will be available from 8am to 9pm on Saturday, 28 November.
Water Tankers for public use will be located at:
Kilkenny City and Environs
- St. Canice’s Church Car Park, Dean Street, Kilkenny
- The Watershed Car Park, Bohernatounish Road, Kilkenny
- O’ Loughlin Gaels GAA Club Car Park, Hebron Road, Kilkenny
- Kilkenny Scouts Den, Bennettsbridge Road, Kilkenny
Freshford and Surrounding Areas
- The Square, Freshford
Please note all water obtained from tankers must be boiled before human consumption.
Irish Water recognises that some of our customers have different needs when it comes to using our water services and communicating with us due to age, disability or medical conditions. To look after our vulnerable customers, we have developed a priority and special services register. You can register yourself or somebody in your home as a vulnerable customer online or nominate an alternative person to be kept informed.
Irish Water, working in partnership with Kilkenny County Council wish to advise customers in Kilkenny City and environs, that essential upgrade works are being carried out on the water supply network at Talbotsinch, Freshford Road, Kilkenny City. There will be a temporary loss of water supply to homes and businesses for a period of up to 22 hours from 00:00hrs to 22:00hrs on Saturday 28th November 2020.
As part of these works, Freshford and surrounding areas may also experience a temporary loss of water supply to homes and businesses for a similar period of time.
Following these essential upgrade works, some customers may experience reduced pressure for a few hours, as water refills the network.
The essential upgrade works are required to replace an outdated valve on the watermain from Troyswood Reservoir supplying Kilkenny City. The valve reduces pressures in the water network in proportion to the flow through it, resulting in high pressures at night and reduced pressures at peak demand periods.
Joe Carroll, Water Network Programme Lead with Irish Water said;
“The size and scale of the leakage challenge nationally is well documented. The installation of these valves is likely to have a significant long-term impact on the levels of leakage being recorded in the drinking water network of Kilkenny. High flows into the network when demand is low can cause excessive leakage and bursts, especially at night. Similarly, when demand is high the current valves can result in low pressure being experienced across the city. With more controlled flows in the network, we will be able to implement further leakage reduction works and are confident we will see significant savings across the network. In addition to the leakage savings expected, the improvement to drinking water is critical to the future development in Kilkenny.”
Irish Water and Kilkenny County Council would like to apologise for any inconvenience that these essential upgrade works may cause and will make every effort to complete these works as quickly as possible. Several water tankers will be available on the day of the works. Locations for the water tankers are currently being finalised and will be published when confirmed.
Irish Water is working currently, 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.
Customers can call the Irish Water customer helpline on 1850 278 278 for any questions in relation to the works. For updates, visit the Supply and Service Updates section of the Irish Water website.