15 December 2017 Go back to News
Water network upgrade in Rathgormack to ensure a more reliable and secure supply
Irish Water, in partnership with Waterford City and County Council, has begun a project to upgrade the water supply network in the Rathgormack area which will result in much improved water supply for people in the area.
This project includes the installation of 9.5km of new water main and the upgrade of the Rathgormack water treatment plant as well as the decommissioning of five older water treatment plants in the area which are no longer fit for purpose.
As a result of this €750,000 investment, residents and businesses in Rathgormack, Monadiha, Clonea Power, Whitestown and the surrounding areas will see a marked improvement in both the quality and reliability of their water supply. In recent years there have been frequent disruptions to supply in these areas caused by leaks and burst pipes due to the age and poor condition of the existing network, which this project will address.
The water treatment plants that will be decommissioned are at Monadiha, Feddans, Clonea Power, Clonea O’Sullivan and Whitestown. By taking these old plants out of service and improving the water mains network in the area it will be possible to serve all these areas from the Rathgormack treatment plant, which will be upgraded as part of this project.
David Sharry, Capital Programmes Regional Lead with Irish Water, said: “There have been problems with the water supply in this area for some time due to the age of the network and the poor condition of much of the infrastructure. By removing these outmoded treatment plants from service and upgrading the supply network, we will be able to supply the entire area from one treatment plant. This is much more efficient and cost-effective and will ensure that local residents and businesses have a much more reliable water supply. It will also mean that the network has the capacity to accommodate future growth and development.”
“Irish Water would like to thank local residents and businesses in advance for their patience while this essential work is being carried out, particularly in areas where temporary road closures are necessary.”
Construction work will get underway on January 3 and is estimated that it will take approximately seven months to complete. During that time, the project team will work closely with the local communities to minimise any disruption to customers.
The work sections will be limited to short sections and traffic management arrangements will be put in place to minimise impact on customers. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs.
For more information, please see our service & supply section or contact the Irish Water customer service line at 1850 278 278.